That “friend” attracts thousands of visitors to the island each year. They rent rooms, take boat rides, and enjoy fancy meals. They also love to hike up the volcano at night—usually guided by a local tour guide. All this tourism creates opportunities for the people of Stromboli to make money.
Scientists also visit the island, studying the volcano in hopes of understanding how it works. Over time, their discoveries have led to a better warning system. Today, before a big eruption, the sound of sirens gives people 10 minutes to run away. If they’re close to the top of the volcano, the warning won’t save them.
Jacopo Crimi, who spent time on the island as a kid and now lives there, appreciates the way the volcano reminds him of the power of nature. “You really miss it when you leave here,” he told The New York Times. “You feel lost.”