The Stromboli bursts! Volcanic eruption on the Italian island of Stromboli

This Sentinel-2 image has been processed in true color, using the shortwave infrared channel to highlight the new lava flow. The northernmost island of the Aeolian archipelago, located just off the northern tip of Sicily, the Stromboli volcano has been erupting almost continuously for 90 years. Credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2022), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Early Sunday morning, a volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted, releasing huge plumes of smoke and a lava flow pouring into the sea. Less than five hours after the eruption, the Copernicus Sentinel- 2 captured this satellite image of the aftermath.

Off the northern coast of Sicily, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, lies the island of Stromboli. It is home to Mount Stromboli, one of Italy’s four active volcanoes. Mount Stromboli has been erupting almost continuously for 2,000 to 5,000 years, with the last serious one occurring in 1921.

The eruption caused the partial collapse of the crater terrace. This was followed by large lava flows extending to the sea and huge plumes of smoke rising several hundred meters above the volcano. Italian civil protection authorities have raised the alert from yellow to orange as “the situation of increased volcanic imbalance persists”.

This Sentinel-2 image (above) has been processed in true color, using the shortwave infrared channel to highlight the new lava flow. Sentinel-2 is based on a constellation of two identical satellites, each carrying an innovative broadband high-resolution multispectral imager with 13 spectral bands to monitor changes in Earth’s land and vegetation.

Stromboli Island

Stromboli is an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the northern coast of Sicily. It contains Mount Stromboli, one of four active volcanoes in Italy.

The northernmost island of the Aeolian archipelago, located just off the northern tip of Sicily, the Stromboli volcano has been erupting almost continuously for 90 years.

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