Impressive and violent explosion of Stromboli in Sicily
On August 28, 2019, the Stromboli volcano in Sicily violently erupted. An eruptive column has risen over 2 km and the eruption generated a pyroclastic flow along the "Sciara del Fuoco" triggering a tsunami.
An eruption as brutal as violent
On Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 10:17 UTC, the Stromboli volcano is brutally and violently erupted. The event occurred on the south-central area of the crater. Following the explosion, an eruptive column has risen above the volcano over 2 km, while volcanic products fell along the flanks of the volcano to the coast.
The eruption generated a pyroclastic flow along the "Sciara del Fuoco", triggering a tsunami recorded by the sea level indicators located in front of Sciara del Fuoco and a few seconds later also by the sea level gauge located at Ginostra. The tsunami phenomenon occurred at 10:21 am, with a peak of 60 to 70 cm.
An active and dangerous volcano
The alert siren was immediately activated in Stromboli after the tsunami was detected. The eruption caused several forest fires near the village of Ginostra and two Canadair were deployed to extinguish them. Note that a volcanic ash advisory (VAA) was issued by the center of Toulouse.
At this time, no casualties have been reported. Stromboli is a particularly active and dangerous volcano due to explosive nature of these eruptions. On July 3rd, a relatively similar eruption caused the death of a hiker.