10 injured in explosion as Mount Etna volcano erupts

Mount Etna erupts

Six people were taken to hospital in Catania and Acireale but doctors said their condition was not serious. None of the injuries was listed as grave.

Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy, has erupted again, but this recent event was considered a more violent explosion than is typical for Mount Etna. Many injured - some head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises. "I received a bruise on my head but am generally fine and having a good, well-deserved beer in this moment!"

You can see and hear on the BBC video below a deafening explosion on Mount Etna followed by panicked screams.

"It's hard to say whether this has been the most unsafe eruption in 30 years", Stefano Branca, a volcanologist at Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, told Guardian.

Mount Etna spewed lava and molten rock nearly 200 feet into the air.

According to BBC, the incident happened earlier today when lava ran into snow, creating a reaction that sent "fragments of rock flying in all directions".

As a result of Thursday's eruption, officials said flights arriving at Catania airport would be halved to five an hour because of ash clouds, but departures would continue uninterrupted.

The volcano, which stands 10,000 feet over the Mediterranean Sea in Southern Italy, is one of the largest active volcanoes in Europe. People can be seen fleeing down away from the eruption site on Mount Etna as numerous injured panicked.

A similar phreatic explosion, caused when lava hits water, on Etna in 2002 injured 32 people, mostly firefighters and other emergency workers responding to a series of eruptions.

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