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Sold out in Nicolosi for the presentation of the INGV book which contains the steps forward made in deepening the understanding of the historical eruption of 1971 and the crucial role played by science and culture in the management of volcanic emergencies

The presentation of the volume took place on Saturday 14 October at the Etna Park headquarters in Nicolosi (CT). “Etna 1971 between history and volcanology” edited by Stefano Branca, Director of the Etna Observatory of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV-OE), and Daniele Musumeci (University of Catania), published by Edizioni INGV.
The event, moderated by the two authors and by Salvatore Caffo, Director of the Etna Park Authority, received a great success with the public which filled the spaces of the former Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò la Rena, highlighting the considerable interest in the dissemination activities organized by the INGV Etna Observatory and paving the way for further events that the INGV will organize in the Etna area for the promotion and dissemination of the volume.
During last weekend's meeting the authors of the essays collected in the book, created in collaboration with the University of Catania and the Etna Park, presented their contributions to the public: from history of Etna volcanology between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries treated by Luigi Ingaliso (University of Catania) and Daniele Musumeci, at historical-volcanological framework of the 1971 eruption offered by Director Branca, passing through the historical-seismological aspects and the related considerations in the passage from historical seismology to instrumental monitoring according to Raffaele Azzaro (INGV) and the birth of volcanospeleology on Etna told by Giuseppe Puglisi (INGV).
Boris Behncke (INGV) also illustrated theevolution of the summit area of ​​the volcano in the second half of the 1971th century, starting from the XNUMX eruption that produced the South-East Crater, while Alessandro Bonaccorso (INGV) offered the public an insight into the institutional developments and progress in monitoring of Etna made in the twenty years following the eruption of '71.
At the end of the historical-scientific interventions, the story continued through the extraordinary events Photos by Salvatore Tomarchio (1922-2009) tell by Carmelo Nicosia, former Director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania. Present in the room was the photographer's son, Giovanni Tomarchio, former RAI journalist, who thanked INGV on behalf of the family for the interest shown in his father's activity.
The evening ended with the speech of Giuseppe Riggio, journalist and writer, who highlighted the socio-anthropological aspects of the relationship between man and the volcano during the 1971 event, the last great “eruption with the people”.
Etna 1971. The editors of the volume D. Musumeci and S. BrancaPhoto 1 - The editors of the volume, D. Musumeci and S. Branca   Etna 1971. Some authors of the volume from the left R. Azzaro G. Puglisi S. Branca C. Nicosia G. Riggio and SPhoto 2 - Some authors of the volume. From left: R. Azzaro, G. Puglisi, S. Branca, C. Nicosia, G. Riggio and S. Tomarchio.