Parents and son die after falling into pit in volcanic crater in Italy

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Associated Press

An 11-year-old boy and his parents died in a steamy volcanic field near Naples, according to Italian police.

Part of the crater near Naples collapsed after the parents went to the aid of the boy.
Source: Associated Press

Police said the parents tried to rescue the boy after he entered an off-limits area at the Solfatara Crater in Pozzuoli and slipped.

It wasn't immediately clear if they were overcome by gases or molten lava in the area.

The crater is located in the Phlegraen Fields, a sprawling constellation of ancient volcanic craters frequented by Italian school children and tourists from around the world.

The fields are scorching hot only a few inches below the surface.

Geologists monitor the area by checking temperatures and chemically analysing gases.

The fields are believed to have risen by about 12 inches over the past decade.

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