Mediterranean hurricane heading for Italy could trigger earthquake and set off Vesuvius

EXCLUSIVE: The predicted formation of a rare “Medicane” over southern Italy later this week could trigger volcanic activity in the area and could even cause Mount Etna or Vesuvius to erupt.

Forecasters are predicting that a tropical or subtropical system known as a “Medicane” will form in the Mediterranean Sea later this week, bringing with it heavy rain and strong winds to parts of Greece and especially southern Italy.

The area of low pressure is expected to form in the sea west of Italy before tracking south and strengthening as it moves east, eventually hitting parts of Greece.

These systems, which resemble tropical cyclones in the Mediterranean Sea, have been dubbed medicanes.

Recent research by scientists such as Shimon Wdowinksi at the University of Miami have shown that storms like hurricanes can force movement within the earth’s crust, triggering earthquakes and volcanic activity.

A hurricane could form off italy later this weekWX Charts/Getty

A hurricane in the Mediterranean Sea could set up Mount Etna

He found evidence that linked the devastating Haiti earthquake in January 2010 to strong tropical storm systems that struck the region in 2008.

It is a view supported by Principal Researcher at the University of Maryland Surja Sharma, who told Express.co.uk that the Medicane could trigger activity.

Dr Sharma said: “There are two things. Can a hurricane influence the dynamics of the solid earth. That’s easy to answer, it can. The other thing is how likely is it? hen if we say it is likely, we have to then look at the likelihood. So the first one, can it influence? Yes it can, that’s my belief.”

However it is not quite so clear-cut, with Dr Sharma adding: “Is it likely or not likely in the next few days, it is very hard to say, with a good degree of accuracy.”

Dr Sharma said: “If we go back a little bit and see how we look at these things. There are two aspects.

“The dynamics – there is Etna and Vesuvius and Italy is earthquake prone. A hurricane is likely, so what can happen? That is the dynamics of the situation. We have to know what is happening today to predict what is likely tomorrow.

“From that point of view, the triggering makes good sense. The earthquakes are potentially there in the solid earth due to many things like fault lines and so on.

“If something can trigger it, it is likely to happen.”

Map of the formation of the medicaneTwitter

A medicane could form off Italy later this week

Southern italy and Greece could be hit by the medicaneThe Weather Channel/Twitter

The medicane could strike southern Italy and Greece

But Dr Sharma admits there is not yet enough information on these events to be entirely certain as more data is needed to be able to make better predictions.

He said: “If we think of hurricanes and earthquakes over Italy the two will have different timescales which can overlap so there can be a correlation and causation.

“These are difficult to analyse though for two reasons. One is that they are not equilibrium systems.

Graph of the medicane that could formThe Weather Channel/Twitter

Graph of where the medicane could hit southern Europe

“We cannot say they are simple thermodynamic events and theories do not exist for these things, so we have to rely on the data so we use data driven modelling and frameworks and then try to see what we can get out of it.

“From that point of view we need a good level of data for both hurricanes and earthquakes and that is lacking.

“I would conclude and say that these are very interesting possibilities with immense consequences but our knowledge is not good enough to say anything with significant certainty.

“But yes, theoretically it is possible.”

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7 Things You Should Know About the Director of “I Siciliani,” Francesco Lama

Who is Francesco Lama? Let’s get to know him better in anticipation of his North American premiere, November 7th & 8th

The director, Francesco Lama

An “instinctive dreamer,” a true Sicilian (“While I wrote a scene, I realized that I keep seeing myself in it more and more”), a director that loves his film as if it were his own child (“For this reason, I won’t cut any scene, regardless of the comments”): this is Francesco Lama, director of the movie “I Siciliani”, that will be shown in November at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and at Montclair State University.

La Voce has shared many stories of Sicilians that have conquered America, and with more than one million people of Sicilian origin in the U.S., it’s no surprise that Sicilian Americans also have a strong presence in the greater New York area. So it goes without saying that the North American premiere of Francesco Lama’s documentary film I Siciliani (The Sicilians) will be in New York.

The director Francesco Lama with actor Maria Grazia Cucinotta

After its debut last year at the Taormina Film Fest, I Sicilianiarrives November 7th to New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and November 8th to Montclair State University(Italian Program, Departmet of Modern Languages and Literatures). Following the screening of the film, both institutions will host a Q&A with the director Francesco Lama and the film’s spokesperson, Maria Grazia Cucinotta. But who is Francesco Lama? A director who wanted to tell us about his people and the soul of Sicily in all its diverse manifestations? This and more! Let’s get to know him as we await the North American premiere. Here are 7 things you should know about him:

1.  His career started in journalism, so to speak…
“When I was young, that is younger than now, I was a free lance journalist, or that’s what you call it nowadays. Twenty-five years ago in Sicily, it was known as “you write a piece, and we’ll decide if we’re going to publish it.” So I wrote three, four articles a day and they didn’t publish a single one, but I’m stubborn so I persisted and got one published. I collaborated on major Sicilian newspapers, and back then, there was no Internet, not even smartphones, just fax machines, and I didn’t even have one, so you can only imagine! But it was a wonderful experience that shaped me.”

2.  He defines himself as a dreamer
“I’m instinctive, also known at times as mad, because if I decide to do something, come hell or high water, I will succeed. My work is complex but beautiful, mine is the work of a ‘dreamer’.”

3.  The English premiere of the docufilm was at BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Awards)
“In 2016, I experienced the showing of my latest film I Siciliani in London, in the prestigious temple of cinema, BAFTA. I only realized where I was after it was all over, because a journalist made me aware of it: it was a beautiful and moving experience.”

4.  Music is as important as words
“The sound track is an integral part of my work, in which a little bit of Sicily is present, or sometimes even a lot of Sicily. I choose the both the lyrics as well as the music with my musicians, who by now know what I want. The soundtrack is important because it helps to fully understand the movie.”

5.  It’s the film’s beauty that counts, not the film market
“I don’t have a movie idol or a particular movie that I idolize. I like beautiful films, films that leave me with something, and actors or actresses who with their gaze move me, they tell me everything I need to know. Maybe I’m an odd director. I’m not interested in the film market, I don’t do things only to make money, but I do them because at that moment it’s the story I want to tell and I tell it with all my soul. To story-tell, yes, story-telling and dreaming, this is my job.”

The director Francesco Lama

6.  He’s as Sicilian as you get
“I’m Sicilian! With this docufilm I discovered how Sicilian I really am, because as I wrote a scene, or while I edited it, I realized that I keep seeing myself in it more and more. That being said, I tried to tell the stories of my people as they are, warts and all, so there is absolutely no way I can exclude myself, because as a Sicilian, I’ve got lots.”

7.  A movie is like a child: you love it unconditionally, despite the advice
“So many people have commented how beautiful the film is, that it’s touching, that it makes them think. They say: “But why is it two hours long? Couldn’t you cut it by 15 minutes? If you cut some of it, it’ll be a masterpiece!” To this question, I give this same answer once again, as I did the first time: A movie is like a child you love forever, you love under any circumstances and in every way because the love you have for a child is supreme and wonderful. So there it is, for me a movie is the same thing, so I cannot cut it by 15 minutes, and also because it wasn’t my intent to make a masterpiece!”

PLEASE BE ADVISED: the screening of the documentary that was scheduled for November 7th and 8th has, for personal and expected reasons, has been postponed. We will let you know of the rescheduled date and time…

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