Giardini Naxos, a popular tourist destination on the island of Sicily, Italy, was not a great place to be on Saturday after Mount Etna erupted for the second time in a week, and it was definitely not a place you'd want to be without an umbrella. That's because the seaside town experienced a rain unlike any other. A shower of volcanic ash and rocks rained down for about 45 minutes, covering the town in black. Turi Scandurra videotaped the "massive cloud of lava ashes and stones" that hit northeastern Sicily. Watch his amazing video:
Giardini Naxos is located fewer than 20 miles from the volcano with fewer than 10,000 residents, who were no doubt surprised by the fallout.
"Ash falls from the sky about once a year but never this strongly," Scandurra told the MailOnline. "Usually we have some little dust, but you don't get these big stones.
"As soon as it started, I was trying to film the buildup on my terrace, then I looked up and the sky was huge and black. I covered my head with a sweatshirt and went out.
"The ash is not heavy, but it's extremely sharp. Many cars got scratched and windshields got chipped as the stones are quite big.
"None of us were scared because Etna always reminds us of its presence."
But one would suspect that the cleanup will take a while.
Photos are screen grabs from video
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