Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
CATANIA

Etna roars again, Stromboli calms down

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Catania, April 18 - Sicilian volcano Etna roared
back into life Thursday while island twin Stromboli calmed down.
Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, thunderously belched
out ash from a new side crater while Stromboli took a time out
after Wednesday's spectacular eruption from its recent Gulley of
Flame that spewed lava 500m down its slopes.
Last Friday towering ash plumes from Etna led to the
cancellation of three flights from nearby Catania Airport.
The latest activity is Etna's 15th this year.
Earlier this month the mayors of the towns in its lee
called for "urgent" government action.
"A few snowflakes in Rome get everyone going while we've
been having to put up with these ash showers for years," said
Santa Venerina Mayor Enrico Pappalardo.
"We want a state of emergency to be declared," said the
mayors in a joint statement.
Etna saw nine "eruptive events" last year.
Its last full-blown eruption came a year ago when it
belched out a plume of smoke that caused the temporary closure
of Catania Airport.
Scientists at the National Institute of Geophysics and
Volcanology recorded 18 eruptions of Etna in 2011.
Stromboli's last big burst of activity came in mid-January
when lava flows from the famous volcano north of Sicily led to
talk of evacuating people from the island, made famous in the
classic 1950 Italian-American film Stromboli directed by Roberto
Rossellini and starring Ingrid Bergman.
Stromboli, part of the string of eight Aeolian Islands, has
erupted very frequently in small, energetic bursts for
centuries.
Stromboli, a popular tourist attraction, has a constant lava
flow.
Two new flows emerged in 2007, leading to the temporary
evacuation of the coastal villages.
On December 30, 2002, Stromboli blew its stack in a
terrific explosion that sent one of the island's slopes
crashing into the sea.
Four million cubic metres of lava - the equivalent of a
30-storey building - crashed into the water creating a
10-metre (33-feet) high tsunami which reached as far as the
Sicilian mainland.
On Stromboli, six people were injured, homes were
flooded and dozens of boats destroyed.
Many of the island's 400 residents were evacuated and
tourism was banned for months.
Larger-than-usual bubbles of sulphur gas also surfaced in
the sea off Panarea.
Stromboli has seen several major explosions over the
past century.
A violent eruption in September 1930 caused a tidal wave
that led to several deaths and threatened to engulf two towns
in lava.
The disaster inspired movie great Rossellini's film - on
whose set he fell in love with future wife Bergman.
In 1950, they were both already married and the affair
caused a scandal, forcing Bergman to work outside the US until
after their marriage in 1956.

photo: Stromboli

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