Italian Stromboli Volcano Spews Lava Sparksing Rockfalls

Story By: Jonathan MaciasSub EditorJoseph GolderAgency: Newsflash


These images show Italy’s Mount Stromboli spewing lava down the side of the volcano before it reportedly reached the sea and caused several rockfalls.

The Laboratory of Experimental Geophysics (LGS) of the University of Florence in the Italian region of Tuscany confirmed the eruption on 31st March, and that lava reached the sea via La Sciara del Fuoco, a depression that runs along the northern side of Stromboli Island.

The tiny island is located off the north coast of Sicily and is home to Mount Stromboli, one of three active volcanoes in Italy.


Night images taken by a camera at Punta dei Corvi on the south side of La Sciara del Fuoco show the lava running down the volcano towards the sea.

Another photo, taken at a height of 400 metres on the north side of La Sciara del Fuoco, shows smoke rising high into the air from the coast.

Volcanologist Borsi Bencke said: “As is common with such activity, the lava flow is accompanied by rolling debris and small landslides that contain clouds of dust.”

According to local media, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) also registered signs of seismic activity due to the rockfalls on La Sciara del Fuoco.

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