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Location map of Italy's most active volcanoes (Etna, Stromboli, Vesuvius, Vulcano, Lipari, Campi Flegrei)
Location map of Italy's most active volcanoes (Etna, Stromboli, Vesuvius, Vulcano, Lipari, Campi Flegrei)

Lipari island:

Lipari, the ancient Meligunis, is the largest island of the Eolian Archipelago and its economic and cultural center. It is located immediately north of Vulcano Island. The island contains numerous small stratovolcanoes, craters, and lava domes on a basement of submarine volcanic deposits.


The latest eruption in historic times, probably in 729 AD, at Monte Pilatus at the NE tip of the island, formed a spectacular obsidian lava flow. Since Ancient times, the island has been known for its rich deposit of pumice (the largest deposit in the world!) and obsidian, - a highly valued raw material to manufacture tools such as knives and arrowheads in the Stone and Bronze Age. Obsidian from Lipari has been found throughout the Mediterranean, proving that a vast trade network existed already during the 2nd millennium BC.


Lipari volcano

stratovolcano 602 m
Eolian Islands, Italy, 38.51°N / 14.95°E
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
Typical eruption style: dominantly explosive; eruptions of pumice, followed by construction of lava domes and effusion thick obsidian lava flows.
Lipari volcano eruptions: 729 AD (?, alternative date: 580 AD) at Monte Pilato, formation of "Rocce Rosse" obsidian flow
Last earthquakes nearby:
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Tue, 25 Mar
Tue, 25 Mar 17:18 UTCM 2.3 / 133 km15 kmSICILY, ITALY
Sun, 23 Mar
Sun, 23 Mar 11:48 UTCM 2.3 / 133 km34 kmSICILY, ITALY
Mon, 17 Mar
Mon, 17 Mar 17:16 UTCM 2.5 / 119 km37 kmSICILY, ITALY
Fri, 14 Mar
Fri, 14 Mar 03:37 UTCM 2.8 / 9 km27 kmSICILY, ITALY
Fri, 14 Mar 03:32 UTCM 2.8 / 5 km24 kmSICILY, ITALY
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Lipari, the ancient Meligunis, is the largest island of the Eolian Archipelago and its economic and cultural center.

Background:

It is located immediately north of Vulcano Island. The island contains numerous small stratovolcanoes, craters, and lava domes on a basement of submarine volcanic deposits.
The latest eruption in historic times, probably in 729 AD, at Monte Pilatus at the NE tip of the island, formed a spectacular obsidian lava flow. Since Ancient times, the island has been known for its rich deposit of pumice (the largest deposit in the world!) and obsidian, - a highly valued raw material to manufacture tools such as knives and arrowheads in the Stone and Bronze Age. Obsidian from Lipari has been found throughout the Mediterranean, proving that a vast trade network existed already during the 2nd millennium BC.

Lipari Photos:




The castle of Lipari town seen from the sea
The castle of Lipari town seen from the sea
Pumice-covered white beach on Lipari, Eolian Islands (Italy)
Pumice-covered white beach on Lipari, Eolian Islands (Italy)
Obsidian block on Lipari, Eolian Islands (Italy)
Obsidian block on Lipari, Eolian Islands (Italy)

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