March 1, 2021

The activity of the Stromboli volcano returns to normal

The activity of the volcano on the island of Stromboli (Italy) has returned to normal and only emits small clouds of smoke that come out of the main mouth, after the violent explosion on Wednesday that caused the death of one person and left another wound.

The planes continue flying over the area to put out the last fires that occurred yesterday, but the emergency has ended and now it will be necessary to clean the abundant ash that has fallen on the town of Ginostra, in the southwest part of the island and where It can only be accessed by sea.

During the afternoon of yesterday, two boats, one military and one private, were moved to the zone, with material of first necessity and in case an evacuation was needed.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) Italian said that the volcano explosions, which occurred at 16.46 local (14.46 GMT) yesterday, were the strongest recorded since they have data, that is, since 1985.

The explosion caused scenes of fear among the tourists who are in this island of the Tyrrhenian and some even threw themselves into the sea and 70 tourists decided to leave the island.

The deceased was an Italian hiker, Massimo Imbesi, aged 35, while the lightly wounded was the friend of Brazilian nationality with whom he was.

Both were at an altitude of 400 meters in an area authorized to travel without the need for guidance, but they were surprised by the eruption and Imbesi died after being hit by the ejected material, according to a first reconstruction.

The Estrómboli volcano, in the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands and one of the few that remains active, has a height of 927 meters, but below sea level is estimated to measure around 3,000 meters.

The memory is still the eruption of December 30, 2002 that caused a small tsunami in the south of the Tyrrhenian, with a wave of about twenty meters high that swept part of the island that made director Roberto Rosselini famous in his film " Stromboli, Land of God. "

The one of today was a shake similar to those produced in 2003 and 2007 and they do not stop being phenomena "quite rare" because the Estrómboli volcano is characterized by a "continuous but low energy" activity, according to an INGV report released by the media .

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