Geological Field Trips and Maps - vol. 2.1 2018

Volume 10 (2.1)/2018

Active volcanoes in southern Italy (Etna, Stromboli, Vulcano and Lipari) and their multi-hazard - IAVCEI Meeting - Naples, 2018

IAVCEI Meeting, Cities on Volcanoes 10: "Millennia of Stratification between Human Life and Volcanoes: strategies for coexistence". September 2nd-7th, 2018 - Naples, Italy

DOI: - Pages: 1-106

Federico Lucchi1, Eugenio Nicotra2, Mauro Coltelli3, Gianfilippo De Astis4, Costanza Bonadonna5 & Danilo Cavallaro3

1. Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali, Università di Bologna, Piazza Porta S. Donato 1, 40126 Bologna, Italy.
2. Dipartimento di Biologia, Ecologia e Scienze della Terra, University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci 15/b, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende (CS), Italy.
3. Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione di Catania, Osservatorio Etneo, Piazza Roma, 2, 95123 Catania, Italy.
4. Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia – Sezione di Sismologia e Tettonofisica, Via di Vigna Murata 605, 00143 Roma, Italy.
5. Section des sciences de la Terre et de l'environnement, Université de Genève, Rue des Maraîchers 13, CH-1205 Geneva, Switzerland.


Southern Italy is a most active tectonic and volcanic setting comprising active (Stromboli, Vulcano) or dormant (Lipari) volcanic islands in the Aeolian Arc, and the majestic Etna volcano (together with the Campanian volcanoes). They have attracted the attention of a great number of volcanologists and can be rightfully considered the cradle of the scientific discipline of Volcanology. In the Aeolian Arc, the main features are the incessant and rhythmic Strombolian exlosive activity of Stromboli and the Sciara del Fuoco collapse, together with the deposits of historical Vulcanian eruptions of Vulcano and its present-day intense fumarolic activity. The well-known Rocche Rosse obsidian lava flow and Mt. Pilato pumice are the traces of the Middle Ages activity of Lipari. On Etna, the geology of the valle del Bove depression and the summit craters and NE-Rift, and the 2001, 2002-03 and the 2011-2017 eruptive fissures and lava flow fields give an idea of the variability of its eruptive scenarios. The spectacular geology of these volcanoes and the INGV real-time monitoring network are the bases to discuss the main aspects of volcanic hazard and risk mitigation in case of future eruptions in a highly-urbanized territory characterized by intense tourism exploitation during the summer.


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