Eruption of Stromboli Volcano Italy • Eruption of Stromboli

Eruption of Stromboli Volcano Italy

Situated on one of Italy’s Aeolian Islands due north of Sicily. Therefore the Stromboli Volcano began another of its recurrent eruptions on Dec. 28, 2002. Seismologists have recorded increasing activity within Stromboli since May 2002. On Nov. 15 a small amount of lava began to flow from one of its summit craters.
These true-color images of Stromboli were acquired in late Dec. 2002 and January 2003 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), aboard the Aqua and Terra satellites.The red outline shows the hot crater where lava has been flowing. Stromboli is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth and has been erupting off and on for about 2,000 years.

Stromboli is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily. Also containing one of the three active volcanoes in Italy. It is one of the eight Aeolian Islands, a volcanic arc north of Sicily. Its name is derived from the Ancient Greek name Strongúlē. Therefore was derived from (strongúlos, “round”), after the volcano’s round, conical appearance when seen from a distance.  The island’s population is about 500.  The volcano has erupted many times and is constantly active with minor eruptions. Although often visible from many points on the island and from the surrounding sea. Also  giving rise to the island’s nickname “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.

Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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