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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 March 2007, 11:44 GMT
In pictures: Stromboli erupts

Stromboli lava and smoke

Italy has been on alert ever since two new craters opened on the summit of the volcanic island of Stromboli, just north of Sicily, earlier this week.

Lava spewing out of Stromboli

One of the new lava streams formed as a result has already started flowing into the sea.

Smoke rises in front of Stromboli

The lava sent up vast plumes of steam as it plunged into the Mediterranean.

Stromboli's smoking crater

As one of Europe's active volcanoes, Stromboli belches smoke and flaming lava daily.

Smoke rises above the sea in front of Stromboli

The last major eruption in 2002 caused a collapse that led to a small tidal wave and forced the closure of the island to visitors for months.


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