Vulcano Island Evacuated

Mayor Marco Giorgianni of the island of Vulcano, in Sicily’s Aeolian archipelago, has ordered the evacuation of people living in the island’s harbor area and also banned tourists due to increased volcanic activity and sulfurous gases on Sunday.

“Data indicate an increase in gases that create strong concern because they can constitute a threat to public health,” Giorgianni said.

Giorgianni ordered the evacuation of about 250 people from where the Italian authorities considered the most exposed area to sulfurous gases. 

Giorgianni said that the evacuation was because of the dangerous emission of gases, not because of the threat of an imminent eruption.

According to the Italian National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), the carbon dioxide around the volcanic island of Vulcano has risen from 80 tons to 480 tons, reducing the amount of oxygen in the air.

Giorgianni said that authorities had been tracking gas emissions for the last month and found that it had risen to a level that was potentially dangerous for humans, especially at night when they are sleeping.

The last eruption on Vulcano was more than 130 years ago, from August 2, 1888, to March 22, 1890.


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