New quake hits Sicily near Etna volcano in Italy

The Corriere newspaper reported that 10 people had been slightly injured, while footage shared by Italian firefighters showed buildings and roads had sustained damage.

The quake followed the eruption of Europe's largest and most active volcano, Mount Etna, which erupted for the first time this year on 24 December, following reports of more than 130 earthquakes of up to 4.3 in magnitude.

Earlier, the experts from the Sicilian Center of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology of Italy (Ingv) recorded an increase in the activity of the volcano, which awoke on Christmas Eve.

Debris sits on the street in front of a heavily damaged house in Fleri, Sicily Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.

Etna has been particularly active since July.

Some 18 other people went to local hospitals suffering from panic attacks or shock, news reports said. In another house, a ceiling collapsed.

The Italian news agency ANSA said an 80-year-old man was extracted from the rubble of a house. Nearby villages found themselves covered by volcanic ash, and people on the mountainside were evacuated. Its frequent eruptions are often accompanied by large lava flows, but rarely pose danger to inhabited areas.

"From a scientific point of view, we're dealing with an isolated event", Angelo Borrelli told Sky TG24 TV.

"The Embassy is in touch with its Filipino community contacts in the cities of Catania and Messina who reported that they are safe and that no Filipino national has been affected by the eruption", the DFA said in a statement.

  • Jon Douglas