In loving memory of

 

IZGKN "BOB" aka 1AT59

 


 

Vulcano Island is a small volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 25 km north of Sicily and the southernmost of the eight Aeolian Islands. It is 21 square kilometers in area, rises to 499 meters, and contains volcanic centers.

 

 

 

The Greek wind god Aeolus was said to have lived on this island, then called Hier. The name for the entire Aeolian Island chain descended from the mythical residence of Aeolus.

 

The Romans believed that Vulcano was the chimney to the god Vulcanus's workshop. The island had grown due to his periodic clearing of cinders and ashes from his forge. The earthquakes that either preceded or accompanied the explosions of ash etc., were considered to be due to Vulcanus making weapons for Mars and his armies to wage war.

        

Although the last major eruptions were in 1888–90, fumaroles of sulfurous vapour testify to continuous volcanic activity, and its Gran Cratere is still active.  The highest volcano is Monte Aria with an elevation of 499 m. The smallest is the Vulcanello with an elevation of 122 m.