Stromboli, Mt. Etna, Abruzzi

     April 2009  

 

in deutsch

 

Cinema

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Already with the arrival in St.Vincenzo the eruption noises were strong hereable. With the past visits I could not ever hear a clear window rattling after a crater explosion in the closer periphery of my pension which was placed in the center of the village approx. two kilometers away from the active craters. Somehow it sounded much promising :-). As turned out later, the second east crater which did not saved with its lava projectiles was decisive for this event, and threw out voluminös lava over the east burr concerning to the altitude. That means, from the village center the upper glow of the fountains could be observed in the first night half. Also a new fact

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Already at the heli landing place at the northwest side (Pizzeria) of the island more or less passable photographs were taken. With the visitors positioned in the fore ground on the Quota 400 the photo gives an impressive comparison. But keep in mind, the crater terrace lies approx. one kilometer from the Q400 more far away.

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The 2nd east crater (left, center) continuously ejected lava shreds, until it started again violently in a ten-minutes pulse

Some things probably never changes on this world. Above all, the inside of this volcano seems to be fixed up to eternity. In February 2007 (Martin was at that time in situ) the crater terrace was blown out and deformed so strongly, that it was hard to realize this at all. Meanwhile an impressive cinder cone with double exit ports developed itself on the eastern side. By all means the eruption character of each individual vent did not change. The comparison I would like to draw out even into the year 1995, to our first visit. At that time the west crater (right) was just high-mass spraying, as in contrast to the east craters thundering (left). Between them smaller openings formed again, whereby the withdrawing hydrogen ignited itself with blue flames from the surface accompanied with an amazing fizzling sound.

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Overview of the right crater area with the about 30 meters high cinder cone with double ejection device.

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The inner life of the crater terrace. A centrically formed five meter high cone has developed itself, but presented only a little activity during my visit .

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Side view of the east crater. Up to two meters large lava shreds were ejected far out. During the sunrise again and again fascinatingly: The color change of the volcanic landscape

Stromboli 2009, lava on the crater rim

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Due to the early sunlight it was possible to photograph more exact details.

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Mt. Etna seen from Milo

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The generally bad weather situation in Sicily permitted only telephotos of the lava streams in the Val del Bove. Because the lava flows were situated close to the Pizzi Deneri actually a mounting was planned. However, during my staytime at the Sapienza an ugly snowstorm  let my breakfast coffee got frozen, therefore I decided not to start from the northwestern situated Piano Provenziana.


Southern Abruzzi

L'Aquila in the Abruzzi 2009, earthquake    

Due to the announced bad weather for the next days, I decided to change place to the Gargano and the southern Abruzzi, whereby I was routed during my east-west crossing through the municipal areas of  the city of  L'Aquila

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By the different buildup structure more or less destructed buildings. The eastern suburbs and the historic city of L'Aquila were damaged apparently hard.

Here the drawback of the continental drift caused by an earthquake of the strength of 6.2 on the Richter scale became visibly.

L'Aquila in the Abruzzi 2009, earthquake   

The untiring assignment of the civil forces brought fast help to the 17.000 homeless people.

Directly coherently with the plate tectonics, the Sicilian volcanism causes by its often fascinating fiery appearances not always agony to humans. Initiator for this volcanism are the moving procedures of the southern Mediterranean tectonics. Here the African plate disappears by subduction diving under the Thyrrenian plate (Eurasian plate). Due to the pivoting of the whole African plate in northeast direction toward the Eurasian continental plate, the initiator for earthquakes in South and Middle Italy is a resulting west-east movement which takes place in the center of the Mediterranean area, and produces beside the pressure on the European Alps also the pressure on the Abruzzi ridge. The main points of compression and relaxation in the rock depths, has been situated on the 6th of April 2009 around 3.00 o'clock nearly under the city of L'Aquila and caused already in the past devastating earthquakes and only destruction.

    L'Aquila in the Abruzzi 2009, earthquake

The condition behavior of different building types as well as possible deformations in land forms and roads awaked my main interests. However ground shifting or fissures in the roads could not be noticed. 

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© 2009 Photos and text by Th. Boeckel, last modification 05.06.2009