Fam­ily killed dur­ing trip to vol­canic field

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MI­LAN — Three fam­ily mem­bers vis­it­ing a steamy vol­canic field near Naples died Tues­day af­ter an 11-year-old boy en­tered an off-lim­its area and his par­ents fol­lowed to try to res­cue him, po­lice said. Po­lice said the boy ap­par­ently slipped af­ter he breached a fence sur­round­ing the pro­hib­ited area at the Sol­fa­tara Crater in Poz­zuoli. A seven-year-old boy who was a mem­ber of the same Ital­ian fam­ily was nearby but re­mained out­side the fenced-off area. It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear if the 11-year-old and his par­ents were over­come by gases or were killed as the re­sult of an ex­plo­sion of su­per-heated mud. The crater is lo­cated in the Ph­le­graean Fields, a sprawl­ing con­stel­la­tion of vol­canic craters fre­quented by Ital­ian school chil­dren and tourists from around the world. The fields are scorch­ing hot only a few cen­time­tres be­low the sur­face. Signs around the crater in mul­ti­ple lan­guages warn of the dan­ger of burn­ing from high soil tem­per­a­tures and steam up to 160 C. Vis­i­tors are told to stay clear of fu­maroles, open­ings in the Earth’s crust that emit steam and gases, and not to climb the slopes or breach the fences.

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