Living at the Base of an Active Volcano: Search for Serenity

Doug Schwartz, Senior Scholar and President Emeritus, School for Advanced Research

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

A volcano on an isolated island north of Sicily named Stromboli erupts every fifteen minutes or so sending hot ash and flames several feet into the air. Most of the time this causes no danger to the people of the small community at its base; however, every ten years or so it erupts violently with deadly force. Everyone on the island has a friend or relative who has been killed by these eruptions. How do people cope with living with this danger? The exploration of Stromboli and research on this question of dealing with the threat of imminent destruction are the foci of Schwartz’s lecture.

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