The Stromboli volcano in Italy has erupted for the second time in two months, sending huge plumes of smoke and ash into the air.
Thankfully, no injuries have been reported on the island, though local officials have advised tourists and nearby residents to remain cautious. As the eruption happened, witnesses to the event took some incredible footage.
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Yesterday, the Stromboli volcano erupted in what local authorities in Italy have said might be classified a "paroxysmal event." This is where a pyroclastic flow -- a rapid moving plume of gas, rock, and volcanic ash -- is shot out from the volcano. Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said the smoke plume reached a height of 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
Elena Schiera, a 19-year-old tourist from Palermo, Sicily, was on a sailing boat when the volcano erupted. She filmed the tense moments as the boat escaped the nearby eruption on her smartphone.
"We were sailing at a safe distance as per ordinance, when all of a sudden we heard a loud bang and saw a large black cloud spewing out of the Stromboli crater and pouring into the sea," Shiera explained to CNN.
"We immediately increased the speed of the boat to the maximum, even though, being a sailboat, the speed was still limited. Then the cloud arrived at sea and began to advance quickly towards us," Schiera said.
"At that moment the panic broke out because we had the cloud a few meters away from our stern, but thanks to my father who was at the helm we managed to get away just in time because then the cloud started to rise again."
One of the world's most active volcanoes
Others caught the footage from a slightly safer distance.
#Stromboli in eruzione - LIVE pic.twitter.com/lW5NElPotk— Quarat (@a_quarat) August 28, 2019
As the CNN reports, local firefighters reported widespread vegetation fires that they are still working on containing.
According to Geology.com, Stromboli is one of the world's most active volcanoes and has been erupting almost continuously since 1932. The eruption previous to this one occurred in July, killing one hiker and sending others jumping into the sea for safety.