Beach Goers Beware


Vulcano, a small volcanic island off of Sicily, draws tens of thousands of tourists each year, eager to sample the island’s mud baths and hot springs. Now the island’s tourism industry is under threat, after Italians civil protection authorities warned of dangerous gases emanating from the sea around the island.

Near the beach and the adjacent thermal mud baths, there are many natural vents where volcanic gasses leave the earth. According to the health authorities, such vents are dangerous because “in the absence of winds they can produce high concentrations of an odorless and potentially lethal gas.”

The National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology is monitoring the situation. Authorities have requested that the city of Lipari, the region of Sicily, the coastguard and the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology prohibit bathing in the sea.

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