Mount Etna eruption triggers natural disaster in Sicily, injuring at least 10 people

A man carries his belongings as he walks past debris of a partially collapsed house in Fleri Sicily Italy Wednesday Dec. 26 2018

At least ten people have been reportedly injured in an natural disaster that hit Sicily only a day after the iconic Mount Etna erupted from a new fissure, covering the Italian island with volcanic ash.

The civil protection agency said temporary shelters were being set up for people whose houses were damaged or who were too anxious to return to their homes.

The national institute for geophysics and vulcanology (INGV) said the quake hit at 3.18am (0218 GMT) on Wednesday at a depth of 1.2 kilometres.

Another volcano, Stromboli, on an inhabited Italian island of the same name and part of an archipelago north of Sicily, has shown increased activity of late, Italy's national Civil Protection agency said Monday.

Government undersecretary Vito Crimi said there were no fatalities and 10 slight injuries.

The most seriously injured was a 70-year-old man who fractured ribs and was undergoing surgery for chest injuries.

Debris of a partially collapsed house sits on the street in Fleri, Sicily, after an quake triggered by Italy's Mount Etna volcano.

One elderly woman suffered multiple fractures, while 18 other people made their way to hospital on their own to be treated for minor cuts and shock.

A smoke column comes out of the Etna volcano in Catania, Italy, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018.

The Civil Protection agency said temporary shelters were being set up in gyms or municipal buildings for people whose houses were damaged or who were too frightened to return to their homes.

Volcanic ash covered nearby villages and flights to and from the Catania airport were temporarily stopped.

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