Italy's Stromboli volcano erupts in 'strong explosion' after another eruption killed a hiker

Mail Online | 8/28/2019 | Danyal Hussain For Mailonline
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A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted on Wednesday, sparking wildfires and a dramatic plume of smoke in its second explosion in less than two months.

An explosion of 'high intensity' was recorded at 10.17am this morning, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) but no casualties or damages were reported.

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The Stromboli volcano, located in southern Italy off the Sicilian coast, also erupted in July releasing hot trapped magma in a powerful explosion, killing one person and enveloping the popular tourist destination in ash.

Today's eruption has been described as 'massive' by Volcano Watch, with locals saying it could have even been bigger than the one in July.

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Images on social media show a large cloud filling the sky, with helicopters deployed to drop water on the fires left by lava.

Nicole Bremner from London, who witnessed Wednesday's powerful eruption, said: 'We had anchored off Stromboli last night after watching the eruptions for a few hours. We went back this morning and watched another, then left to a nearby small island. We had just dropped the anchor and were about to go swimming when my partner noticed a larger plume of smoke than usual.

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'I started filming and then we heard the large blast and I filmed the plume. We then headed back over to see if we could help with any evacuations.

'We have spoken to the coast guard and they didn't move us on and allowed us to continue sailing around but asked us to move in closer to the shore due to the planes dropping water.'

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According to residents, the coast guard told them there was no risk of a tsunami.

One witness said: 'Locals seem relieved. They say it was inevitable after the July 3 explosion.'

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Some small fires were reported near one of the Mediterranean...
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