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Tuesday, Jul 08, 2014
Some impressions from La Fossa crater during our recent visit to Vulcano Island. [more]
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)

The hot springs of Vulcano at sea level
The hot springs of Vulcano at sea level

Crater of La Fossa volcano, with views over the archipelago
Crater of La Fossa volcano, with views over the archipelago
 

Vulcano volcano

Stratovolcano 500 m
Eolian Islands, Italy, 38.4°N / 14.96°E
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
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Last update: 20 Oct 2015 (View of La Fossa crater in the morning)
Typical eruption style: explosive (vulcanian) eruptions
Vulcano volcano eruptions: Frequent eruptions since Ancient and Medieval times; during the last 300 years eruptions in 1727, 1731, 1771, 1775(?), 1780, 1786(?), 1812(?), 1822(?), 1831(?), 1873, 1886, 1888, 1892(?)View of the crater of La Fossa volcano, Vulcano Island.
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Thu, 10 Aug
Thu, 10 Aug 11:00 UTCM 2.0 / 129.1 km27 kmCosta Siciliana nord-orientale (Messina)
Thu, 10 Aug 06:50 UTCM 1.8 / 10.1 km38 km1 km SW Rodì Milici (ME)
Wed, 9 Aug
Wed, 9 Aug 16:24 UTCM 1.2 / 12.8 km9 km5.6 km S from Leni (ME)
Tue, 8 Aug
Tue, 8 Aug 06:27 UTCM 1.8 / 118.4 km27 kmCosta Siciliana nord-orientale (Messina)
Fri, 4 Aug
Fri, 4 Aug 23:43 UTCM 1.4 / 6.5 km44 km1 km SW Torrenova (ME)
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Vulcano, named after the Roman god of Fire, is the southernmost of the Eolian Islands north of Sicily, Italy. Vulcano has an active volcano (also called the Fossa) that has had frequent eruptions documented since Ancient times.

Background:

Vulcano was constructed during six volcanic stages during the past 136,000 years. Two overlapping calderas, the 2.5-km-wide Caldera del Piano on the SE and the 4-km-wide Caldera della Fossa on the NW, were formed at about 100,000 and 24,000-15,000 years ago, respectively, and volcanism has migrated to the north over time.
La Fossa cone, active throughout the Holocene and the location of most of the historical eruptions of Vulcano, occupies the 3-km-wide Caldera della Fossa at the NW end of the elongated, 3 x 7 km island. The Vulcanello lava platform forms a low, roughly circular peninsula on the northern tip of Vulcano that was formed as an island beginning in 183 BC and was connected to Vulcano in about 1550 AD. Vulcanello is capped by three pyroclastic cones and was active intermittently until the 16th century. The latest eruption from Vulcano consisted of explosive activity from the Fossa cone from 1898 to 1900. Source: Smithsonian GVP


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La Fossa cone, Vulcano island, seen from the sea
La Fossa cone, Vulcano island, seen from the sea
Large breadcrust bomb at the crater rim of La Fossa volcano, Vulcano - Eolian Islands (Italy)
Large breadcrust bomb at the crater rim of La Fossa volcano, Vulcano - Eolian Islands (Italy)
Beneficial effects of volcanic mud, Vulcano island (Italy)
Beneficial effects of volcanic mud, Vulcano island (Italy)

 

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