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Tourists flee as volcano rocks Italian island of Stromboli

A TOURIST was killed when a volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted unexpectedly yesterday.

The victim, who was hiking, was hit by a falling stone, and a friend was injured. Beachgoers threw themselves into the sea to take cover as an explosion rocked the island, in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Sicily’s north coast, at 2.45pm.

Alana Elliot, 31, from London, was on holiday on Salina island — 33 miles away — when she heard a boom and saw a ‘nuke-like mushroom cloud’.

She and her fiancé Alex Barclay, 30, and friend Charlotte Lewis, 28, ‘ran for their lives’ when a barman shouted at them to ‘get out of here’.

‘We realised it was a big deal when the locals started to freak out,’ the lawyer said.

Two lava streams were later seen creeping down the sides of the mountain, as the volcano shot out red-hot rocks — called lapilli — minutes after erupting.