Violent storm hits Stromboli, covering streets and homes in tons of mud

stromboli aftermath of severe storm on august 12 2022

Streets and homes on the island of Stromboli were covered in thousands of tons of mud as heavy rain caused mudslides to spread across the iconic volcanic island on August 12, 2022.

The disaster was exacerbated due to a lack of vegetation caused by a fire that started during the filming of a TV serial named “Civil Protection” in May 2022.

The damage was estimated to be the worst at Scilla on the Messina Strait.1

Local media said roads turned to rivers, sweeping away cars, mopeds, boats, tables, and gazebos.

“The island was turned into post-war scenario,” Carmelo Amato of Live Sicilia noted.

There were waits of up to three hours for ferries to the southern Italian island of Sicilia.


The aforementioned wildfire scorched around 250 ha (617 acres) of forest on the NE flank of Stromboli volcano at the end of May 2022. Fueled by strong winds, the fire also threatened some homes near the coast.

On June 6, European Sentinel-2 caught a clear-sky view of the island, showing a huge burn scar.

Stromboli, Italy on June 6, 2022 - Enhanced Natural Color
Stromboli, Italy on June 6, 2022 - SWIR
stromboli 3D on june 6 2022 sentinel-2 the watchers

The video below shows the fire burning on the island on May 25:

Stromboli volcano on May 22, 2022
Stromboli island, Italy before the fire. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2. Processed by The Watchers / EO Browser


1 Storms lash south, Stromboli engulfed in mud – ANSA – August 12, 2022

Featured image credit: AIV – Associazione Italiana di Vulcanologia


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