Volcanoes in Italy
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Sicily - Monti Iblei
Boris Behncke explains the forming of pillow-lava at Monti Iblei. He decicated his master's thesis to this poorly known volcanic area.
The rock sample at the top clearly shows color changes due to the cooling of the pillow lava.
Stromboli tsunami ?
Italy might be struck by a tsunami! As I learned on my geological trip to Italy, the western flank of the active vulcano Stromboli is quite unstable. Due to an eruption or earth quake, a landslide might occur in the Sciara del Fuoco. 5000 years ago a large tsunami occured on stromboli. But also recently (30 Dec. 2002) a landslide created a small tsunami on the Stromboli coast. When a significant part of the unstable Sciara del Fuoco loosens, the effect will be much more devastating. Some geologists say that a tsunami might strike the coastal area of Calabria and Sicily!