A volcano eruption occurs when hot materials from the Earth’s interior are thrown out of a volcano. Lava, rocks, dust, and gas compounds are some of these “ejecta” and some are quite outflows of hot lava.
A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli has erupted for the second time in two months, sending streams of ash and lava into the sky and sea and forcing tourists to flee.
Stromboli, a tiny island off the north coast of Sicily, is a popular spot for visitors to the area who come to enjoy the beaches.
But on Wednesday a “high intensity” explosion was recorded by Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology as the volcano erupted, spewing huge clouds of black smoke and ash high into the sky.
Streams of lava also were seen rolling down the hills into the sea, forcing tourists to flee.
Videos posted online show visitors who were close to the shore in small boats desperately racing out to sea to avoid clouds of hot ash, which tore down the slopes of the volcano and into the waters surrounding the island.