Submerged SUPER-VOLCANO at favourite Brit holiday destination alarms scientists

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

ONE of Europe’s most powerful volcanoes, submerged off the coast of a favourite Brit holiday destination, is showing “alarming” signs which has put scientists on high alert.

Wed, Jul 5, 2017

Volcanologists are warning over the destructive power of the Phlegraean Fields, also known as Campi Flegrei, near to Naples, Italy, as it is showing signs of erupting.

The huge volcano – technically an eight-mile wide caldera – which is mostly underwater in the Bay of Naples, is bigger than the nearby Mt Vesuvius – which is responsible for one of the deadliest eruptions in human history when it obliterated the nearby Pompeii in 79AD.

The ancient volcano last erupted in 1538 although it was only minor, lasting for eight days.

However, its formation some 39,000 years ago saw lava and rocks thrown hundreds of kilometres away in what was the most violent eruption in the past 200,000 years in Europe.

Experts monitoring Campi Flegrei noticed that the surrounding terrain rose by 1.5 metres about 40 years ago and by similar levels in 1983. According to historical documents this is exactly what happened before the 1538 eruption.

Robert Isaia, from the Observatory of the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV), told “The trend is clearly visible.”

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