New eruption of Stromboli volcano and Mauna Loa continues

The volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli (Sicily, southern Italy) is on orange alert, the Italian Civil Protection said today, after its eruption this Sunday caused a small tsunami that did not cause damage, but aroused fear in the inhabitants of the area.

Stromboli entered the eruptive phase with a lava flow from the northern part of the crater that was accompanied by landslides along the volcano wall and reaching the sea, producing the tsunami, with waves of up to one and a half meters, reported the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

Stromboli entered an eruptive phase with an overflow of lava accompanied by landslides that reached the sea, which produced a tidal wave, with waves of up to 1.5 m

The Department of Civil Protection, for its part, ordered the change of the volcano alert “from yellow to orange and the activation of the early warning operational phase”, after the emergency meeting held to assess the new eruption.

“The pyroclastic flow rapidly descended the slope of Sciara del Fuoco reaching the sea, accompanied by landslides and landslides along the wall of the volcano. These phenomena also generated a tsunami that did not cause damage to people or property,” he explained in a statement. .

“Regardless of the local volcanic phenomena, which can have frequent variations, a situation of greater volcanic imbalance persists. Therefore, the population of the island is asked to stay informed and scrupulously follow the indications of the local authorities, ”he added.

Seismic movements on nearby islands

The INGV also revealed that at 6:49 am local time today an earthquake of magnitude 3.1 was recorded off the coast of the Aeolian Islands, which follows another that occurred this Sunday, of magnitude 4.6, although “they do not have a direct relationship” with the new activity of the volcano.

At the moment, the lava follows its natural path, but the municipality has taken some measures, such as closing schools and banning walks in the sea. The last eruption of this volcano occurred on the 10th of October, also without consequences.

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Lava cascades from inside the Mokuaweoweo crater in the northeast rift of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano. / EFE/ Bruce Omori / Paradise Helicopters

In turn, the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii (USA), the largest still active in the world, continues to spew lava after erupting on November 28, for the first time in nearly 40 years.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has assured that the eruption, for now, is limited to the caldera area of ​​the volcano and does not pose any risk to the communities that are located at the base of the mountain. However, he warned that some shelters were opened as a precautionary measure.

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano, the world’s largest still active volcano, continues to spew lava after erupting in late November for the first time in nearly 40 years.

“About half of Mauna Loa’s recorded eruptions were confined to the caldera area without posing any danger to nearby populations,” the office explained.

The US National Weather Service said a trace of ash “less than a quarter of an inch” could accumulate in some parts of the island, so it recommended that people with breathing problems stay indoors to avoid inhaling the ash. suspended particles.

The Mauna Loa volcano is located a few kilometers from Kilauea, which in 2018 suffered an eruption that destroyed more than 700 homes, forcing several residents to move.

Now, the largest active volcano in the world, which has not erupted since 1984, in addition to triggering civil protection services, has aroused the interest of scientists in studying it and discovering new data.

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