Worldwide Volcano earthquakes and Volcano earthquake notifications – Italy

Last update: July 8, 2012 at 10:16 am by By

Sicilia - Etna – latest eruption : 2012
Mount Etna, towering above Catania, Sicily’s second largest city, has one of the world’s longest documented records of historical volcanism, dating back to 1500 BC. Historical lava flows of basaltic composition cover much of the surface of this massive volcano, whose edifice is the highest and most voluminous in Italy. The Mongibello stratovolcano, truncated by several small calderas, was constructed during the late Pleistocene and Holocene over an older shield volcano. The most prominent morphological feature of Etna is the Valle del Bove, a 5 x 10 km horseshoe-shaped caldera open to the east. Two styles of eruptive activity typically occur at Etna. Persistent explosive eruptions, sometimes with minor lava emissions, take place from one or more of the three prominent summit craters, the Central Crater, NE Crater, and SE Crater (the latter formed in 1978). Flank vents, typically with higher effusion rates, are less frequently active and originate from fissures that open progressively downward from near the summit (usually accompanied by strombolian eruptions at the upper end). Cinder cones are commonly constructed over the vents of lower-flank lava flows. Lava flows extend to the foot of the volcano on all sides and have reached the sea over a broad area on the SE flank.
(some text & images : Smithsonian Institution)

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Sicily, Italy Apr 13 16:00 2.2 1 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Mar 12 01:08 2.3 7 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Mar 12 01:00 2.2 6 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Mar 12 00:55 3.0 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Sicily, Italy Feb 21 20:04 2.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Feb 04 17:17 2.0 8 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Jan 08 22:04 2.0 29 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Dec 15 02:11 2.4 32 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Dec 15 01:30 2.3 32 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Dec 14 21:49 3.3 29 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Sicily, Italy Dec 14 20:46 2.3 30 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Nov 29 10:43 2.3 9 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Nov 28 06:06 2.2 5 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Nov 12 12:43 2.0 24 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Nov 11 12:31 2.6 8 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Nov 05 16:42 2.0 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Nov 05 15:26 2.3 25 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Nov 05 05:29 2.9 18 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Nov 05 05:16 2.8 18 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Nov 05 05:10 3.4 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Sicily, Italy Nov 05 05:06 3.1 18 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Oct 29 16:53 2.0 26 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Oct 26 03:11 2.3 29 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Oct 26 01:23 2.2 27 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Oct 26 01:20 2.8 24 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Oct 25 14:32 2.1 40 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Oct 25 13:46 2.1 26 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Oct 25 12:59 2.0 30 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Oct 25 12:53 2.2 26 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Oct 25 12:11 2.1 25 MAP I Felt It


Eolian Islands - Stromboli – latest activity and eruptions : continuous
Spectacular incandescent nighttime explosions at Stromboli volcano have long attracted visitors to the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.” Stromboli, the NE-most of the Aeolian Islands, has lent its name to the frequent mild explosive activity that has characterized its eruptions throughout much of historical time. The small, 924-m-high island of Stromboli is the emergent summit of a volcano that grew in two main eruptive cycles, the last of which formed the western portion of the island. The Neostromboli eruptive period from about 13,000 to 5000 years ago was followed by formation of the modern Stromboli edifice. The active summit vents are located at the head of the Sciara del Fuoco, a prominent horseshoe-shaped scarp formed about 5000 years ago as a result of the most recent of a series of slope failures that extend to below sea level. The modern volcano has been constructed within this scarp, which funnels pyroclastic ejecta and lava flows to the NW. Essentially continuous mild strombolian explosions, sometimes accompanied by lava flows, have been recorded at Stromboli for more than a millennium.
(some text & images : Smithsonian Institution)

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Sicily, Italy Sep 24 02:57 2.0 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Sep 01 02:47 2.1 6 MAP I Felt It
ER Stromboli, Sicily, Italy (startup Record) Jan 01 00:00 0.1 0 MAP I Felt It


Eolian Islands - Vulcano – latest activity :
The word volcano is derived from Vulcano stratovolcano in Italy’s Aeolian Islands. Vulcano was constructed during six volcanic stages during the past 136,000 years. Two overlapping calderas, the 2.5-km-wide Caldera del Piano on the SE and the 4-km-wide Caldera della Fossa on the NW, were formed at about 100,000 and 24,000-15,000 years ago, respectively, and volcanism has migrated to the north over time. La Fossa cone, active throughout the Holocene and the location of most of the historical eruptions of Vulcano, occupies the 3-km-wide Caldera della Fossa at the NW end of the elongated, 3 x 7 km island. The Vulcanello lava platform forms a low, roughly circular peninsula on the northern tip of Vulcano that was formed as an island beginning in 183 BC and was connected to Vulcano in about 1550 AD. Vulcanello is capped by three pyroclastic cones and was active intermittently until the 16th century. The latest eruption from Vulcano consisted of explosive activity from the Fossa cone from 1898 to 1900.
(some text & images : Smithsonian Institution)

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Sicily, Italy Mar 07 08:56 2.7 177 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Feb 09 08:21 2.5 176 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Sicily, Italy Jan 14 04:35 4.0 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
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  • EMSC Sicily, Italy Oct 29 22:12 2.1 13 MAP I Felt It
    ER Vulcano, Sicily, Italy (startup Record) Jan 01 00:00 0.1 0 MAP I Felt It


    Mainland Italy – Vesuvius – latest eruption : 1944
    One of the world’s most noted volcanoes, Vesuvius (Vesuvio) forms a dramatic backdrop to the Bay of Naples. The historically active cone of Vesuvius was constructed within a large caldera of the ancestral Monte Somma volcano, thought to have formed incrementally beginning about 17,000 years ago. The Monte Somma caldera wall has channeled lava flows and pyroclastic flows primarily to the south and west. Eight major explosive eruptions have taken place in the last 17,000 years, often accompanied by large pyroclastic flows and surges, such as during the well-known 79 AD Pompeii eruption. Intermittent eruptions since 79 AD were followed by a period of frequent long-term explosive and effusive eruptions beginning in 1631 and lasting until 1944. The 1631 eruption was the largest since 79 AD and produced devastating pyroclastic flows that reached as far as the coast and caused great destruction. Many towns are located on the volcano’s flanks, and several million people live within areas potentially affected by eruptions of Vesuvius.
    (some text & images : Smithsonian Institution)

    SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
    ER Vesuvius Volcano, Italy (startup Record) Jan 01 00:00 0.1 0 MAP I Felt It


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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