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Italy. The Stromboli volcano put on a show. It's like a magnet

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For several days now, the Italian volcano Stromboli has been spewing ash and pyroclastic material into the air. Such sights attract some tourists, who sail boats to the eruption site to admire the unusual view.

Dozens of tourists took a boat trip Saturday to see pyroclastic flows from the Stromboli volcano into the sea, sending columns of smoke rising into the air.

– There is no fear, but there is fascination. You can truly understand that you are standing on a volcano that is two hundred thousand years old, which is three thousand meters underwater. It (works – ed.) like a magnet, we spent whole days watching what the volcano was doing. It was another wonderful element of our vacation. Now we have something extraordinary to tell – said Tommaso Simili, one of the tourists in an interview with the Reuters news agency.

Stromboli put on a showReuters

Stromboli put on a showReuters

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Stromboli volcano “under observation”

– At first we were a little scared because we couldn't understand if this event was unusual or ordinary – said a tourist named Silvia. – However, the locals explained to us not to worry – she added.

– We have been coming to Stromboli for many years, so we like the island very much. We experienced the event more as a spectacle than a worry, although with due caution. We followed the instructions of the civil defense, said a tourist named Riccardo.

The eruption has been ongoing since Wednesday. Italy's civil protection agency has maintained its highest alert level, marked red. Authorities said Stromboli was “under observation”, adding that they were making sure that evacuation plans were in place in case of an emergency.

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