Lava flows on Stromboli 2002-2007

Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami

A tsunami and a major ash fall caused, not by an eruption, but by the landslide of 30. December 2002 reminds us all that Stromboli is not a "toy volcano". It even forced Civil Defence to close the island to tourists, until an efficient alarm system against future similar phenomena will be tested. However, no evacuation order was issued. Nevertheless most residents preferred to spend the last night of 2002 in a safer and jollier environment such as the island of Lipari. This page shows the tsunami damage and the life on a Stromboli as lonely as very few people have ever experienced. All times are local (GMT + 1hr).

Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
31. Dec 2002, 14h. Scari. Yellow ash kicked up by the wind casts a shadow over San Vincenzo.
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
31. Dec, 14h. Scari. Most local people take the last ferry and escape the ash which covers everything and everybody.
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
2. Jan 2003, 17h. San Vincenzo. Christmas decorations in an abandoned village.
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
2. Jan, 11h. Punta Lena. The tsunami was able to bend these iron structures.
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
2. Jan, 11h. Punta Lena. On its way back to the sea the tsunami wave moved this chair from a house to the coast.
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
2. Jan, 11h. Punta Lena. The tsunami wave first filled this room then left it in the chaos.
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
5. Jan, 11h. Piscitą. The same has happened in this house, apparently built too close to the shore.
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
2. Jan 2003, 11h. Ficogrande. A typical blue Eolian door destroyed by the tsunami.
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
1. Jan, 12h. Ficogrande. Volcano guide Zerilli evaluates the damage of the strongest tsunami of his life.
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
1. Jan, 12h. Ficogrande. Volcano guide Zerilli evaluates the damage of the strongest tsunami of his life.
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
3. Jan, 12h. Scari. People discuss the day's highlight: «Forced evacuation: yes or no?»
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
2. Jan, 15h. Scari. Reaction of a local resident against the idea of a forced evacuation.
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
6 Jan, 11h. The "Alpine Rescue" of "Guardia di Finanza" has now even conquered the sea - possibly an exotic environment for these men?
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
6 Jan, 11h. The "Alpine Rescue" of "Guardia di Finanza" has now even conquered the sea - possibly an exotic environment for these men?
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
6 Jan, 11h. Pippo brings his boat further away from the Sciara while RAI-TV cameraman Giovanni Tomarchio films the action.
Stromboli's population faces the damage of a tsunami
6 Jan, 11h. Our "hero" Pippo, the sailor who was able to bring us within a hundred meters of the Sciara del Fuoco, despite the continuous landslides.
Copyright: M. Fulle.