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Stromboli: One dead as volcano erupts on Italian island

 A plume of smoke rises over Stromboli Image copyright
James Attlee

A volcano has erupted on a small Italian island, killing a tourist, Italy's news agency reported.

The victim died while hiking to the volcano's summit on Stromboli, Marco Giorgianni, the mayor of neighboring Lipari, customs Ansa.

Firefighters were tackling by the eruption, Ansa reported.

"We saw the explosion from the hotel. There was a loud roar," Michela Favorito, who works in a hotel on the island, told Reuters news agency .

"We plucked our ears and after this a cloud of ash swept over us. The whole sky is full of ash, a fairly large cloud," he said.

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Donovan Suddell

Holidaymakers were reported to be in the sea after seeing ash from the volcano. The island is a popular location for holiday homes of the rich and famous.

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