This Italian volcano is usually active, with low-level gassy explosions.
Not so today.
Per the latest news report, at least one person is dead.
Official information on Stromboli by INGV: Starting at 14:46:10 UTC, a paroxysm occurred which affected the central-southern area of the Stromboli crater terrace. https://t.co/SzBePfWFyu pic.twitter.com/OFxhSWDV57
— Dr Janine Krippner (@janinekrippner) July 3, 2019
This is helpful, too. Here’s a tweet he embedded, showing the blast:
— Alex Bogár (@AlexEtna) July 3, 2019
Here’s the Global Volcanism Page for Stromboli.
INGV Stromboli webcams (which appear to be out at the moment).
INGV Stromboli page (Italian)
Update, July 3, 2019, 7:23 p.m., Pacific:
Not much news — an unconfirmed report, as far as I can tell, that the victim was a 35-year-old man from Messina, and his companion, from Brazil, was rescued.
Apparently no one knows yet if anyone was up by the crater. Yes, you can look into at least some of the craters — I’m not really familiar with Stromboli but saw this just now, from yesterday:
A small ticket on the bucket list done. Yesterday a group of Aussie friends walked the 20 kms to see the crater at Stromboli volcano off Sicily. Ankle and knees in bits today but it’s worth it. pic.twitter.com/gtGrBhb7qO
— Matt Williams (@MattRCNM) July 2, 2019
There are shelters, but this happened so fast, as the tweeter notes, they wouldn’t have gotten there in time (and I wonder how effective the shelter would have been anyway):
#Stromboli These are the shelters at top of stromboli but today's huge eruption would have given very little time to reach one. It appears the eruption took place before the many large groups went up for the evening thankfully. pic.twitter.com/ZrVWtRoCkP
— Steven H (@volcanohull) July 3, 2019
Here’s what it looked like on the webicorder — a single blast, not a full-on eruption, but terrible enough.
Seismogram from station STRA on #Stromboli
Shows what I assume are regular, smaller (normal size?) explosions, then the big explosion, then a higher rate of smaller explosions. Perhaps there are other seismic source besides explosions.https://t.co/l0vOJ9eCrc pic.twitter.com/Nj6ZZLRu1F
— Anthony Lomax 🌍🇪🇺 (@ALomaxNet) July 3, 2019