Volcanic explosion on Mount Etna injures 10 people

Ten people were injured including a BBC film crew when magma flowed into snow on Europe's most active volcano, according to emergency services. VIDEO: REUTERS
Italy's Mount Etna spews lava, Feb 28, 2017.
Italy's Mount Etna spews lava, Feb 28, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS
Volcano guides stand in front of Italy's Mount Etna as it spews lava, Feb 28, 2017.
Volcano guides stand in front of Italy's Mount Etna as it spews lava, Feb 28, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (REUTERS) - A television crew were sent running for their lives when a volcano in Sicily erupted while they were on assignment.

Ten people were injured in the eruption on Mount Etna on Thursday (March 16) when magma flowing into snow caused a violent explosion that sent stones and rocks flying into the air, emergency services said.

Among those hurt near the summit of Etna on the island of Sicily were members of a television crew filming for the BBC.

"Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam - not an experience I ever ever want to repeat," the BBC's science correspondent Rebecca Morelle wrote on Twitter.

"BBC team all ok - some cuts/ bruises and burns. Very shaken though - it was extremely scary," she said.

Italian officials said six people had to be taken to hospital, but none were in a serious condition.

Etna is Europe's most active volcano. After a quiet couple of years it burst into action in February with repeated explosive eruptions that sent orange plumes of lava into the air.

Thursday's explosion was the result of a so-called phreatomagmatic eruption, caused by magma hitting water - in this case snow.