We are receiving reports coming out of Italy that nearly a dozen people have been injured including Scientists, tourists, and a television news crew after a “violent explosion” was reported. This explosion occurred when magma spewing from Sicily’s Mount Etna hit snow according to officials.  The sources indicate that the blast was a result of what is called a “phreatic eruption” in which fast-moving lava moves over snow, creating high-pressure pockets of steam.

Thankfully none of the injuries that occurred were reported to be serious, although local media reported several of the wounded were being treated at area hospitals. We have been reporting on this volcano and how it has been erupting for days, periodically spewing ash but not causing disruption to local residents or the airport at nearby Catania.