Stromboli, one of the four active volcanoes in Italy, has seen fresh eruptions in the last 48 hours.
A spectacular explosion on Sunday sent a dense plume of dark smoke and ash into the air above the Italian island.
The eruption caused part of the crater to collapse. The rock detached from the ridge and plummeted into the sea below, triggering a small tsunami off the Aeolian island.
The tidal wave reportedly measured one and a half meters high. Although alarm sirens were sounded, the tsunami did not cause any damage upon reaching the coast.
A 4.6 magnitude earthquake was also recorded. The tremor did not result in any injuries or damage.
The eruption occurred from the highly active southeast side of the volcano. Fresh explosions were witnessed on Monday.
An orange alert was in place for volcanic activity and schools were closed as a precaution.
Can you visit Stromboli during an eruption?
Stromboli is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It is nicknamed the “lighthouse of the Mediterranean” because of its continually fiery peak.
The smoking summit is located on Stromboli island, part of the Aeolian archipelago that lies off the north coast of Sicily.
The island of black sand beaches and brightly-painted fishing boats is a popular tourist destination.
A few hundred visitors a year also trek up the stony slopes of the volcano to witness the sparks of lava and ash clouds up close.
Mostly, this is a safe excursion. But during more violent eruptions, the hike should not be attempted.
In July 2019, a shock explosion shook the summit, sending burning stones and ash cascading down the slopes.
Trapped locals and visitors had to be rescued in boats, but one hiker died and several were injured.
Italy’s Civil Protection Agency will publish information on its website about the condition of the volcano and safety measures.
They will advise which sides of the volcano are accessible and to what height.
Always check and follow these guidelines if you are thinking of visiting the mighty volcano.