A volcanic explosion at Mount Etna has injured at least 10 people after tourists and a BBC crew were showered with lava and rocks. The casualties, who included a 78-year-old woman, suffered head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises.

At least six people were taken to hospitals in nearby Catania and Acireale, according to Il Corriere. The tourists were stood just a few hundred metres away from the volcano when the explosion occurred. BBC News science correspondent Rebecca Morelle was caught up in the explosion and said that those on the volcano had been evacuated..

The journalist said the explosion was caused by a lava flow mixing with steam pelting them with boiling rocks. ‘Explosions like this have killed,’ she added. The explosion occurred around 11.30am today in the Belvedere area near the front of the volcano.