Mount Etna is on the east coast of Sicily.
Among the 20 injured were crew members of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Eruptions in recent years have rarely caused significant damage to those living and farming nearby, however.
“Explosions like this have killed”, she said.
A camerawoman shook burning embers off her back.
Thursday’s eruption marked the third volcanic event on the mountain in the last three weeks. The lava bursts reached almost 650 feet high, the institute said in a report. It was the steam and flying debris that posed the danger on Mount Etna.
“Should re-iterate – we are all ok – people brought off mountain quickly by the excellent rescue team”.
ITALY -Tourists and journalists hoping for a better look at Europe’s most active volcano ran for their lives Thursday.
The guides who accompanied them helped bring them to safety.
The volcano continues to register a lava flow. This type of eruption is characterized by intermittent bursts of lava which can reach heights of several hundred meters as a result of trapped bubbles of gas escaping through the lava. The lava collided with the snow to cause an explosion.
The explosion threw rocks and steam into a group of tourists.
Mt Etna is one of the most active volcanos on earth.
The BBC crew was shaken, but physically OK, having suffered cuts, bruises and burns, she wrote. One woman had a fractured elbow from a fall due to the Mount Etna eruption.
Italian officials said six people had to be taken to hospital, but none were in a serious condition.