An underwater volcano with a base larger than Washington, D.C., has been discovered just off the shores of Sicily, a scientist with Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said on Thursday.
The base of the structure was 30 km (18.6 miles) long and 25 km wide, spanning an area larger than the U.S. capital and making it Italy's largest underwater volcano.
But Lanzafame said Sicilians did not need to worry about the sleeping Empedocles. "At this point, there's no imminent danger of an eruption.
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Originally posted by Darkmind
Aha, this is the one that created Graham Island in 1831. It erupted north of Malta, in one of the most strategic spots in the Med. Graham Island was the British name for it, after a RN ship landed some people on it. Everyone else then claimed it - the French, the Neapolitans, etc. Almost caused a war. Then it eroded away and has been dormant ever since. I didn't know that it was that big though!
The Marsili volcano, which is bursting with magma, has "fragile walls" that could collapse, Enzo Boschi told the leading daily Corriere della Sera.
"It could even happen tomorrow," said Boschi, president of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).
"Our latest research shows that the volcano is not structurally solid, its walls are fragile, the magma chamber is of sizable dimensions," he said. "All that tells us that the volcano is active and could begin erupting at any time."