The threat of a tidal wave caused by eruptions from Italy’s volcanic island of Stromboli has receded for the present. Authorities say there is no risk to life but are warning all tourists and local people to stay away from the coast.
Two big lava flows burst out of Stromboli’s side on Tuesday, sending up vast plumes of steam as they plunged into the Mediterranean waters below.
They are flowing down an uninhabited part of the island and it is not thought dangerous enough to warrant a full evacuation.
In December 2002 a similar upsurge in volcanic activity caused a massive chunk of rock to drop into the sea, causing a 10-metre high wave. It destroyed several houses close to the shore.