Watch this TV crew run for their lives as Mt. Etna erupts

The last place you want to be when a volcano erupts is on the volcano itself – which is where a group of tourists and a BBC camera crew were when Europe’s largest and most active volcano, Mount Etna, erupted.

Last Thursday, Mount Etna unexpectedly erupted after weeks of spewing molten rock and ash. The following footage from BBC science reporter Rebecca Morelle and camerawoman Rachel Price, shows them fleeing the site as they are pelted by scorching hot debris.

Morelle recalled the harrowing moment in her tweet: “Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam — not an experience I ever ever want to repeat.”

At least 10 people were injured, with most suffering head injuries and burns. But fortunately, no serious injuries, or worse, fatalities.

To show just how close they came to death, Price even showed her jacket – which had a giant hole as a result of a rock hitting her.

According to Italian news agency Ansa, the ‘phreatic explosion’, which occurred at 9,500 feet, was caused by lava coming into contact with snow, resulting in rocks, ash, and steam, all violently thrown into the air.

Via Digg