How it works:
- Happens as Italy lies on an active seismic line, so several can occur and also trigger landslides and avalanches.
- A few active volcanoes such as Mt Etna at Sicily, Mt Stromboli on Stromboli, Mt Vesuvius near Naples and several other dormant ones.
- Forest fires:
- June to August, particularly on Sardinia and Sicily.
- Rainy season:
- September to November
- Flooding and mudslides can occur in Veneto region (north), and Calabria and Sicily regions (south).
What to do:
- Travel at the “right” time to the “right” place
- Reacting to one:
- Earthquakes: drop (to hands and knees), cover (head and neck with arms), hold on (to sturdy furniture); expect aftershocks.
- Volcanic eruption: avoid areas downwind and river valleys downstream of the volcano, do not drive in heavy ash fall, seek shelter (if no need to evacuate) or high ground if no shelter (crouch down away from volcano, cover head with arms).
- Forest fires: make yourself seen (e.g. spread out something large and bright), find shelter with little vegetation, stay low to avoid smoke.