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Italy’s Stromboli volcano erupts anew, spewing fiery lava
A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted on Wednesday (August 28), unleashing a dramatic plume of smoke in its second explosion in less than two months. An explosion of "high intensity" was recorded at 1017 GMT, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) said. No casualties or damage were reported, but residents and tourists were scared regardless. "I had so much fear, I had a panic crisis", Francesca said. "I spent three hours in a church with my children because rocks were falling. It was a tragedy. It was all black...my house is covered with ash." Firefighters used four Canadair aircrafts to put out fires caused by the unexpected eruption, Italian media reported. "We saw a big explosion, a big eruption and we heard a very loud roar. A lot of smoke came out immediately and we saw the lava flowing, it was really impressive", French tourist Jean-Francois Avril said. Tourists often climb to the 924-metre (3,000-foot) summit of the volcano and peer into its crater. According to the geology.com website, Stromboli is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet and has been erupting almost continuously since 1932. The Stromboli volcano, located in southern Italy off the Sicilian coast, erupted in July releasing hot trapped magma in a powerful explosion, killing one person and enveloping the popular tourist destination in ash.