Lipari volcano

stratovolcano 602 m
Äolische Inseln, Italien, 38.51°N / 14.95°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Obsidian block from the Rocce Rosse lava flow on Lipari Island
Obsidian block from the Rocce Rosse lava flow on Lipari Island

Lipari, the ancient Meligunis, is the largest island of the Eolian Archipelago and its economic and cultural center.

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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

Latest nearby earthquakes

TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 (GMT) (3 earthquakes)
18 Jun 2021 17:58:15 GMT
1.0

12 km
16 km (9.9 mi)
Italy: Isole Eolie (Messina)
18 Jun 2021 11:38:09 GMT
1.2

6.2 km
45 km (28 mi)
Italy: 1 Km W Terme Vigliatore (ME)
18 Jun 2021 06:48:30 GMT
1.1

6.6 km
38 km (24 mi)
Italy: Costa Siciliana Nord-orientale (Messina)
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 (GMT) (2 earthquakes)
17 Jun 2021 08:23:49 GMT
1.0

10.1 km
39 km (24 mi)
Italy: Costa Siciliana Nord-orientale (Messina)
17 Jun 2021 05:34:38 GMT
2.0

9.2 km
38 km (24 mi)
Tyrrhenian Sea, 12 km west of Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, Italy

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

Old pumice quarries at Monte Pilato on Lipari (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Old pumice quarries at Monte Pilato on Lipari (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Pumice pebbles at the beach beneath the old, rusted pier of the pumice quarry on Lipari (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Pumice pebbles at the beach beneath the old, rusted pier of the pumice quarry on Lipari (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fishing harbour of Lipari ("Marina Corta") (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fishing harbour of Lipari ("Marina Corta") (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Remnant of an oval house, about 4000 years old, at the castle of Lipari (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Remnant of an oval house, about 4000 years old, at the castle of Lipari (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
 



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Volcanoes of Italy - the Grand Tour (15-days study & walking tour from Vesuvius to Etna)
From Stromboli to Etna (9-day walking & study tour to Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano and Etna with our expert volcanologist)

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