Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis mark Sunday in Sicily

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Residents of Sicily looked out at dramatic images on Sunday, as smoke emerged from the volcanic island of Stromboli, and an earthquake triggered a small tsunami in the afternoon. 

Volcanic activity around 3pm led to several explosions on the island, one of which caused a part of the crater edge to collapse and fall into the water, generating a tsunami, with waves of about 1.5 metres. However, fortunately, the wave weakened before it was able to reach the land and did not lead to any damage. 

Meanwhile, the Prefecture of Messina has confirmed that some problems have been created by the ash that was spread from the explosion, with a small number of residents being evacuated in the area of Piscita. 

The volcanic activity came after a 4.6 magnitude earthquake was felt by Sicilians on Sunday morning, followed by a series of tremors. This led to firefighters taking action to ensure the safety of residents and buildings, with officials then carrying out inspections on five school buildings and one bridge. 

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