Stromboli is one of the Aeolian Islands of Italy. The island is about 3 miles in diameter and 2,900 feet above sea level. It rises 10,000 feet above the floor of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Stromboli is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. It has been in nearly continuous eruption for about 2,000 years. Mosteruptions consist of small gas explosions that hurl incandescent blobs of lava above the crater rim. Several explosions occur each hour. Larger eruptions and lava flows are less frequent.
Violent eruptions are rare. In 1919 4 people were killed and 12 homes destroyed. In 1930, during the largest eruption of Stromboli this century, 4 people were killed.