Residents and tourists on the Italian island of Stromboli have been told to move away from the coast, in case the erupting volcano there causes a tidal wave. Two big cracks opened up on the side of the volcano on Tuesday pouring lava into the Mediterrean, but scientists say there are no immediate signs of short term risk.
The tiny island is home to just a few hundred in the winter, but its population swells with tourists in the summer. Some families have already gone back home after being evacuated earlier in the week. These residents say they’ve been feeling tremors in the ground for a month, and their doors have been vibrating.
Local residents point out that they’ve come to live with a live volcano on their doorstep, and its constant eruptions have become a way of life. “We’ve grown up with it,” says this fisherman, “so have our parents and grandparents.” Officials are wary that the last time Stromboli erupted in 2002, a lump of rock fell into the sea, causing a 10-metre tidal wave.