As a result of the eruption of the volcano Stromboli on the eponymous Italian island in the Tyrrhenian Sea North of Sicily, one tourist was killed. As reported the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, 35-year-old Massimo Imbesi died from injuries sustained during the rock fall, which was triggered by an eruption.
Imbesi and his friend from Brazil were climbing the volcano when the emergency happened. At the same time, they were below the level of 400 meters above sea level, which is allowed to enter only with a guide.
Rescuers managed to evacuate the Brazilian from the slope. In a state of shock and with symptoms of dehydration, he was taken to the hospital. At the same time, emergency response services reported several victims of the eruption.
A column of ash up to two kilometers
According to the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, in the southern part of the crater, this time was recorded the strongest explosions in the history of observations. They were preceded by an active release of lava and ash to a height of two kilometers.
Despite the high volcanic activity, the official evacuation from the island was not announced. Tourists and locals were exported by boats from the island settlement Ginostra.
One of the most active volcanoes
Stromboli is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It erupts almost continuously over the past 20 thousand years. The most devastating consequences of the disaster were in 1930, when several people were killed, and because of the rock thrown out of the crater, several houses were destroyed.
The island, located just 100 km North of the coast of Sicily, is home to about 500 people. In summer, many tourists come here, and the island is particularly popular with wealthy travelers.