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Alban Hills Volcano - New Eruption Cycle, Rome...

Post by Rockhopper on Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:57 am

Just south of Rome.


The Alban Hills (Colli Albani/Monte Albano), a 15-km (9-mile) semicircle of hills outside Rome, Italy was previously considered an extinct volcano. However, a new study finds the volcano operates on a 31 000-year cycle of eruption and dormancy and is now starting a new eruptive cycle. The eruption, expected in the next 1 000 years, could generate massive, far-reaching clouds of smoke and ash, and send rocks raining on nearby cities, according to study authors.

In recent years, scientists have observed new steam vents, earthquakes and a rise in ground level in the hills and the surrounding area. These observations, along with new evidence of past eruptions and satellite data, indicate Colli Albani is starting a new eruptive cycle. Previous research shows that in past eruptive cycles the volcano unleashed both low blasts of hot ash and lava that rolled down the volcano’s slopes at tremendous speeds.

Fabrizio Marra, a volcanologist at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Rome and lead author of the new study, said: "The remains of Colli Albani’s ancient eruptions suggest that under the right circumstances the volcano has the potential to be as destructive as Mt. Vesuvius, which destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D."

From here.

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Post by Agartha on Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:39 am

Seeing as burocracy in Italy makes everything really slow, at least they'll have a thousand years to prepare for this volcano....... or not, just like in Naples where more than 3 million people live within 30km of the volcano Shocked

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Post by Rockhopper on Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:52 pm

Having experienced Italian Bureaucracy first hand, I am perforce to agree with you Ags! Wink

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Post by Agartha on Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:51 am

hahaha Italians are famous for their pizza, pasta, mafia and bureaucracy!

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