Stromboli (/ˈstrɒmbəli/ STROM-bə-lee, Italian: [ˈstromboli]; Sicilian: Struògnuli [ˈʂː(ɽ)wɔɲɲʊlɪ]; Ancient Greek: Στρογγύλη, romanized: Strongýlē) is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily, containing one of the three active volcanoes in Italy. It is one of the eight Aeolian Islands, a volcanic arc north of Sicily. Strabo writes that people believed that this is where Aeolus lived.[3]

Highest point
Elevation924 m (3,031 ft)[1]
Prominence924 m (3,031 ft)[1]
Coordinates38°47′38″N 15°12′40″E
Native nameStruògnuli  (Sicilian)
Aeolian Islands, north of Sicily (Italy)
Stromboli (Italy)
Age of rockUnknown
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Last eruption1934 to present [2]
Easiest routeHike

Its name is derived from the Ancient Greek name Strongýlē, which was derived from στρογγύλος (strongýlos, "round"), after the volcano's round, conical appearance when seen from a distance.[4] The island's population is about 500 as of 2016.[5] The volcano has erupted many times and is constantly active with minor eruptions, often visible from many points on the island and from the surrounding sea, giving rise to the island's nickname "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean".[6]

Stromboli stands 926 m (3,038 ft) above sea level,[2] and over 2,700 m (8,860 ft) on average above the sea floor.[7] There are three active craters at the peak. A significant geological feature of the volcano is the Sciara del Fuoco ("stream of fire"), a big horseshoe-shaped depression created in the last 13,000 years by several collapses on the northwestern side of the cone. Approximately 2 km (1.2 mi) to the northeast lies Strombolicchio, the volcanic plug remnant of the original volcano.


Mount Stromboli has been in almost continuous eruption for the past 2,000 years.[6] A pattern of eruption is maintained in which explosions occur at the summit craters, with mild to moderate eruptions of incandescent volcanic bombs, at intervals ranging from minutes to hours. This Strombolian eruption, as it is known, is also observed at other volcanoes worldwide. Eruptions from the summit craters typically result in a few short, mild, but energetic bursts, ranging up to a few hundred meters in height, containing ash, incandescent lava fragments and stone blocks. Stromboli's activity is almost exclusively explosive, but lava flows do occur at times when volcanic activity is high: an effusive eruption occurred in 2002, the first in 17 years, and again in 2003, 2007, and 2013–14. Volcanic gas emissions from this volcano are measured by a multi-component gas analyzer system, which detects pre-eruptive degassing of rising magma, improving prediction of volcanic activity.[8]

On 3 July 2019, two major explosive events occurred at around 4:46 PM local time, alongside 20 additional minor explosive events identified by Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. A hiker near the volcano's summit was killed after being struck by flying debris when the eruption began.[9][10][11]

On 28 August 2019, at 10:16 AM local time, an explosive eruption sent a pyroclastic flow down the volcano’s northern flank and into the sea, where it continued for several hundred meters before collapsing. The resulting ash column reached a height of 2km.[12]


The two villages San Bartolo and San Vincenzo lie in the northeast while the smaller village Ginostra lies in the southwest.[13] Administratively, they are one of the frazione of Lipari, Messina.

In the early 1900s a few thousand people inhabited the island,[14] but after several waves of emigration the population has numbered a few hundred since the mid-1950s.[15]

See also


  1. "Stromboli, Italy". Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  2. "Stromboli". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 1 January 2009.
  3. Strabo, Geography, 6.2.11
  4. See:
    • Strabo; Hamilton, H.C., tr.; Falconer, W., tr. (1892). The Geography of Strabo. vol. 1. London, England: George Bell & Sons. p. 419. See footnote 4 of Book VI, Chapter II, §11.
    • Bunbury, Edward Herbert (1856). "Aeoliae Insulae". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. vol. 1. London, England: Walton and Maberly. pp. 51–52.
  5. "Isola di Stromboli (in Italian)". Comune di Lipari. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  6. Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. pp. 360–361. ISBN 0-89577-087-3.
  7. Tibaldi, A., Corazzato, C., Marani, M., Gamberi, F. (2009). Subaerial-submarine evidence of structures feeding magma to Stromboli Volcano, Italy, and relations with edifice flank failure and creep. Tectonophysics, 469(1), 112–136.
  8. Aiuppa, Alessandro; Federico, Cinzia; Giudice, Geatano; Papale, Paolo (11 October 2008). "The 2007 eruption of Stromboli volcano: Insights from real-time measurement of the volcanic gas plume CO2/SO2 ratio". Elsevier. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  9. "Stromboli: One dead as volcano erupts on Italian island". BBC News. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  10. Marnie Hunter and Darran Simon. "Volcanic eruption rocks Italian island of Stromboli, kills 1 hiker". CNN. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  11. Andrews, Robin. "Deadly Explosions Just Rocked Italy's Stromboli Volcano – Here's What Happened". Forbes. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  12. INGVvulcani. "Comunicato di attivita' vulcanica del 2019-08-28 11:41:57 (UTC) – Stromboli". Facebook (in Italian). Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  13. Alean, Jürg; Roberto Carniel; Marco Fulle (21 May 2005). "Stromboli 1952–1953 – The village and the land". Stromboli online. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
  14. Loschiavo, LindaAnn. "Return of the Native to Stromboli". Retrieved 31 August 2010. high point of 2,100 citizens in 1891
  15. Alean, Jürg; Roberto Carniel; Marco Fulle (21 May 2005). "Stromboli 1952–1953 – Stromboli in 1952 and 53". Stromboli online. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
  16. Kilby, Clyde S; Plotz, Dick (1968). "Many Meetings with Tolkien: An Edited Transcript of Remarks at the December 1966 TSA Meeting". Niekas. Niekas Publications, New Hampshire, United States (19): 39–40. Referred to at and by another publication of the Niekas editor.
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