"Like a rain of fire falling from the sky". Stromboli, a volcano on the Aeolian Archipelago in Italy, erupted on Wednesday.

A particularly impressive phenomenon that caused the death of a tourist and caused the beginning of fires.

According to the Italian National Institute of Geophysics, two huge explosions occurred Wednesday on the south-central slope of the crater of the volcano around 4:45 pm French time.

The explosions were preceded by lava flows "from all active mouths", projecting a plume of smoke two kilometers high, said the INVG.

But the eruption this Wednesday, July 3 Stromboli differs from other volcanic explosions by its power. Stromboli, a very active volcano, has so far not experienced such strong eruptions, the last dating from 2003 and 2007.

In normal times, volcanic bombs are projected at 100 meters height, sometimes 200 meters. There he was 2 kilometers tall. The volcano has become "more explosive" because there is more gas that has accumulated in the reservoir.

As Stromboli is still active nothing allows scientists to predict its eruptions.

Despite the dangers, this area remains largely inhabited. The volcanic island of Stromboli, with an area of ​​12.6 km2, has about 500 inhabitants. It attracts many tourists every year from the beginning of spring.

This "very violent explosion" forced about a hundred tourists to snuggle into their homes, while others decided to find refuge at sea. Riflemen, the State Forestry Corps and fire brigades were dispatched to their homes. square.

Sicily, which was struck by a magnitude 4.8 earthquake on the Richter scale in 2018, experienced a new eruption of Etna in early June, with lava flows and ash columns. rising in the sky.

Jaimie Potts for DayNewsWorld