Vulcano volcano

Stratovolcano 500 m
Eolian Islands, Italy, 38.4°N / 14.96°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Last update: 20 Oct 2015 (View of La Fossa crater in the morning)
View of the crater of La Fossa volcano, Vulcano Island.
View of the crater of La Fossa volcano, Vulcano Island.

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.

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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(?)

Latest nearby earthquakes

TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 (GMT) (2 earthquakes)
18 Jun 2021 11:38:09 GMT
1.2

6.2 km
34 km (21 mi)
Italy: 1 Km W Terme Vigliatore (ME)
18 Jun 2021 06:48:30 GMT
1.1

6.6 km
27 km (17 mi)
Italy: Costa Siciliana Nord-orientale (Messina)
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 (GMT) (3 earthquakes)
17 Jun 2021 08:23:49 GMT
1.0

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

9.2 km
27 km (17 mi)
Tyrrhenian Sea, 12 km west of Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, Italy
17 Jun 2021 04:31:14 GMT
2.3

10.6 km
27 km (17 mi)
Tyrrhenian Sea, 11 km west of Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, Italy

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

Vulcano Photos

On the crater rim of La Fossa volcano, Vulcano Island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
On the crater rim of La Fossa volcano, Vulcano Island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Our group on Vulcano Island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Our group on Vulcano Island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The sun is out again - on our hotel on Vulcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The sun is out again - on our hotel on Vulcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Night on the beach of Porto di Ponente (Vulcano) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Night on the beach of Porto di Ponente (Vulcano) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
 



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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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