posted on Jan, 31 2013 @ 09:17 AM
It looks like we may be in for an earth-shattering explosion. A dormant super volcano appears to be stirring under the Phlegraen Fields of Naples
in Italy. Rising soil temperatures and surface deformation in the area have alarmed seismologists. In the distant past, volcanic super eruptions
caused global climate change responsible for mass extinctions of plant and animal species.
So far, scientists are unable to model the potential consequences of an awakening super volcano.
Latest studies show that the Phlegraen Fields have actually been swelling above sea level at a rate of 3 cm per month. Micro quakes and large amounts
of gases accumulated in soil indicate that the volcano may be preparing to erupt, says Vladimir Kiryanov, Assistant Professor of Geology at the St.
"The Phlegraen Fields are a super volcano. Yellowstone in the United States and Toba in Indonesia are also super volcanoes capable of spewing more
than 1,000 cubic km of magma. These are catastrophic eruptions. There was a huge volcanic eruption in the Phlegraen Fields some 30,000-40,000 years
ago. Volcanic ash from that eruption is still found in the Mediterranean, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and even in Russia. We are now seeing the expansion of a
magma pocket, which means that there might be an eruption at a certain time."
"It actually seems to be a long-term precursor. A magma chamber may be filled up within a span ranging from decades to centuries. Many mounts grow
by 5 cm per year. This is a natural process."
Some scientists hold that the volcanic system of the Earth is becoming increasingly tense and that underground cavities are full of magma threatening
to burst out any moment. Whether this will be a super eruption or a string of smaller eruptions, we should prepare for the worst.
Well I suppose, just like Yellowstone, chances are any eruption would likely be smaller, and not a caldera-forming eruption (CFE- in other words, the
worst). But still, if the seismologists are alarmed, then maybe we should be too?
Or do you guys think this is all just fearmongering? Calderas rise and swell, and then subside. Look at the inflation that happened at Yellowstone
between 2000 and 2010, for a clear example. It has now been subsiding.
But! "large amounts of gases accumulated in soil". This is NOT good. I think if there were any major gas emission increases at Yellowstone, it would
probably trigger some alerts. It just depends. I seem to recall them shutting down an area of the park due to rising ground temperatures and gas
So I dunno, folks...but something to keep an eye on for sure.
There does appear to be some recent seismicity there, which you can see here:
Of course at a supervolcano, that is the norm rather than the exception.
edit on Thu Jan 31st 2013 by TrueAmerican because: (no reason