Pinoys safe after eruption of Italy's Mount Etna

Pinoys safe after eruption of Italy's Mount Etna

Kerry Wise
December 27, 2018

According to officials, a 4.8 magnitude quake has hit an area north of Catania near Mount Etna on Sicily.

Two people were pulled from a collapsed building and around 10 were taken to hospital suffering light injuries from falling debris.

The temblor had a depth of about 6 miles, and damaged several homes in the area in addition to a statue at a church in Santa Venerina, Sky News reported.

Italy's Civil Protection officials said the quake, at 3:19 a.m. Wednesday, was part of a swarm of some 1,000 tremors, a lot of them barely perceptible, that are linked to Etna's ongoing eruption this week.

At least 300 tremors rattled the slopes of the volcanic mountain during a three-hour span early Monday, including a magnitude 4.3 seismic shake, Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology reported.

"Etna remains a risky volcano, and this country of ours is unfortunately fragile", government undersecretary Vito Crimi told The Associated Press, adding there were no fatalities and 10 slight injuries.

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The most seriously injured was a 70-year-old man who fractured ribs and was undergoing surgery for chest injuries.

Etna has been particularly active since July.

One elderly woman suffered multiple fractures, while 18 other people made their way to hospital on their own to be treated for minor cuts and shock.

Debris sits on the street in front of a heavily damaged house in Fleri, Sicily Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. Volcanic ash had covered nearby villages, and flights to and from Catania airport had to be halted temporarily.

Video and images were posted on social media.