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A column of steam and ash rises above the sea surface during the early phase of a submarine eruption in 1831 at Graham Island (Giulia Ferdinandeo) south of Sicily.  Earthquakes were first reported on June 28.  During the first few days, floating matter, boiling water, and dead fish were observed.  On July 8 black smoke was ejected, and by the 12th pumice washed up on the shores of Sicily.  A new, but short-lived island was first seen on July 16. From the collection of Maurice and Katia Krafft.

A column of steam and ash rises above the sea surface during the early phase of a submarine eruption in 1831 at Graham Island (Giulia Ferdinandeo) south of Sicily. Earthquakes were first reported on June 28. During the first few days, floating matter, boiling water, and dead fish were observed. On July 8 black smoke was ejected, and by the 12th pumice washed up on the shores of Sicily. A new, but short-lived island was first seen on July 16.

From the collection of Maurice and Katia Krafft.

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Campi Flegrei del Mar di Sicilia