UPDATED: One person dead after volcanic eruption on the island of Stromboli off Sicily

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One person was confirmed dead after the island of Stromboli was hit by a set of violent eruptions Wednesday. The Mayor of Lipari, the biggest of the Aeolian Islands off Sicily of which Stromboli is part of, said that one person was killed.

Some 100 people left Stromboli voluntarily out of fear Thursday after an eruption killed a hiker on the island on Wednesday.

The volcano quietened overnight with small quakes but no further damage.
Fire fighters and Canadair water-dumping planes were putting out the last fires.

Mayor Marco Giorgianni told ANSA that the victim, Massimo Imbesi 35, was a tourist who had trekked up to the summit of the volcano with a friend. He was killed by falling stones during a hike with the second person injured. after jumping in the sea to flee the eruption.

Tourists often climb to the 3,000-foot summit of the volcano and peer into its crater, with small puffs of molten rock regularly blasted into the sky. It was not clear if anyone was on the crater at the time of the blast.

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 eruptions caused tourists to take to the sea.

Two new lava spouts are creeping down the volcano on the famed island.

Following the violent eruption on the Italian island of Stromboli on Wednesday, Italian authorities began evacuation of the residents on the island.

Stromboli is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, off the north coast of Sicily, and is a popular tourist destination.


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