One dead as volcano erupts on Italian island

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A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted on Wednesday, killing at least one person and causing fires around the village of Ginostra.

According to reports, the victim was a tourist who had trekked up to the summit of the volcano.

Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) said there were two huge explosions on the central-southern side of the volcano's crater at around 1446 GMT Wednesday.

The explosions were preceded by lava spills, that left a 2km-high plume of smoke.

A navy boat has been sent to the island for a possible mass evacuation, with 70 inhabitants and tourists already evacuated.

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