Campi Flegrei Mar Sicilia

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  • Italy
  • Italy
  • Submarine(es)
  • 1867 CE
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  • 37.1°N
  • 12.7°E

  • -8 m
    -26 ft

  • 211070
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27 November-3 December 2002

According to news articles, Enzo Boschi, the head of INGV, stated that seismicity increased near Campi Flegrei Mar Sicilia a group of submarine volcanoes ~30 km S of Sicily, near Tunisia. Boschi stated, "The island could come back to the surface, but we'll have to wait and see... It could be a few weeks or months." The Stromboli On-Line website noted that similar statements have been made several times in the past couple of years. The increased seismicity does not necessarily signify that an eruption is imminent and the island will re-emerge above wave base.

Sources: Stromboli On-Line, Reuters



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2002: November


27 November-3 December 2002

According to news articles, Enzo Boschi, the head of INGV, stated that seismicity increased near Campi Flegrei Mar Sicilia a group of submarine volcanoes ~30 km S of Sicily, near Tunisia. Boschi stated, "The island could come back to the surface, but we'll have to wait and see... It could be a few weeks or months." The Stromboli On-Line website noted that similar statements have been made several times in the past couple of years. The increased seismicity does not necessarily signify that an eruption is imminent and the island will re-emerge above wave base.

Sources: Stromboli On-Line, Reuters


Summary of eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
[ 1911 Sep 30 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 1   Pinne
1867 Unknown Confirmed 0 Historical Observations Pinne
1863 Aug 12 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Giulia Ferdinandeo
1846 Oct 4 1846 Oct 5 Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Pinne
1831 Jun 28 (in or after) 1831 Aug 11 ± 4 days Confirmed 3 Historical Observations Giulia Ferdinandeo (Graham Island)
[ 1701 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 2   Giulia Ferdinandeo
1632 Unknown Confirmed 0 Historical Observations Giulia Ferdinandeo
0253 BCE ± 12 years Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations

The following references are the sources used for data regarding this volcano. References are linked directly to our volcano data file. Discussion of another volcano or eruption (sometimes far from the one that is the subject of the manuscript) may produce a citation that is not at all apparent from the title. Additional discussion of data sources can be found under Volcano Data Criteria.

Francis P W, 1995. Fire and water. Geol Today, 11: 27-31.

Imbo G, 1965. Italy. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 18: 1-72.

Peccerillo A, 2005. Plio-Quaternary Volcanism in Italy. Berlin: Springer, 365 p.

Washington H S, 1909. The submarine eruptions of 1831 and 1891 near Pantelleria. Amer J Sci, 27: 130-150.

Campi Flegrei del Mar di Sicilia (Phlegraean Fields of the Sicily Sea) is composed of a group of submarine volcanoes SW of Sicily. The volcanoes were constructed within a submarine depression about 1000 m deep in the Strait of Sicily between the SW coast of Sicily and the NE tip of Tunisia, forming submarine banks that are capped by cones that rise to near sea level. Submarine eruptions were reported at the Giulia-Ferdinandeo and Pinne banks during the first Punic war (264-241 BCE), and from the 17th to 20th centuries, sometimes producing ephemeral islands. The 1831 eruption at Graham Island (also known as Graham Bank, Giulia-Ferdinandeo Bank, or Ferdinandea Bank) produced an ephemeral island that was promptly claimed by the navies of France, Britain, Spain, and Italy.