A quake triggered by Italy’s Mount Etna volcano has jolted eastern Sicily, slightly injuring 10 people and prompting frightened Italian villagers to flee their homes.

Italy’s Civil Protection officials said the quake, at 3:19 a.m. Wednesday, was part of a swarm of some 1,000 tremors, most of them barely perceptible, that are linked to Etna’s ongoing eruption this week.

The 4.8 magnitude earthquake early Wednesday damaged some rural homes, including structures that had been abandoned years ago, toppled a statue in a church in the town of Santa Venerina and opened up cracks on a highway, which was closed for inspection.

The Italian news agency ANSA said an 80-year-old man was extracted from the rubble of a house.

Government undersecretary Vito Crimi said there were no fatalities and 10 slight injuries.

Mount Etna volcano spews lava during an eruption early Tuesday Dec. 25, 2018. Italy's Catania airport is reopening after an ash cloud from Mount Etna's latest eruptions forced it to shut down. (Orietta Scardino/ANSA via AP)
Mount Etna volcano spews lava during an eruption early Tuesday Dec. 25, 2018. Italy’s Catania airport is reopening after an ash cloud from Mount Etna’s latest eruptions forced it to shut down. (Orietta Scardino/ANSA via AP)
A smoke column comes out of the Etna volcano in Catania, Italy, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. The Mount Etna observatory says lava and ash are spewing from a new fracture on the active Sicilian volcano amid an unusually high level of seismic activity. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)
A smoke column comes out of the Etna volcano in Catania, Italy, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. The Mount Etna observatory says lava and ash are spewing from a new fracture on the active Sicilian volcano amid an unusually high level of seismic activity. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)

Source: The Associated Press