Thursday, March 08, 2007
Stomboli volcano erupts in Sicily
Authorities said there was no immediate risk to people living on the island, off the coast of Sicily.“The eruption (lava flows) are very well fed,” said Enzo Boschi, head of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology. “But there’s no reason to think that anything extraordinary will happen in the short term. The population is not at risk.”
Locals fear a repeat of the events of December 2002 when a similar upsurge in volcanic activity caused a massive chunk of rock to drop into the sea, causing a 10m tidal wave that ruined houses close to the shore.Emergency sirens sounded on the island when the new eruption began and local authorities ordered all residents to move to at least 10m above the water line.
The lava is flowing down an uninhabited part of the island and the risk, either of a greater eruption or of a tsunami, have not been deemed great enough to prompt a full-scale evacuation.In winter only a few hundred people live on Stromboli, but the population swells to several thousand in the summer.Tourists are drawn to climb to the 924m summit of the live volcano and peer down into its crater as the volcano blasts molten rock high into the sky.