Supervolcano ERUPTION fears: 16 million lives ‘at risk’ as earthquake strikes area

Saturday, October 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

AN EARTHQUAKE has struck Ecuador and sparked fears the country’s supervolcano could blow and put 16 million lives at risk.

By Nicholas Bieber
Express.co.uk
7th October 2017

The quake, measuring 5.1 on the Ritcher scale, struck near the town of Palora at around 5am local time (11am UK).

It has sparked fears the deadly supervolcano in Chalupas could blow and wipe out the country’s 16.3 million population.

A top scientist once warned if the volcano erupted it “would almost entirely destroy most of the current population of Ecuador”.

The boffin, Theofilos Toulkeridis, added: “In fact only 5% at most could survive together with the population of the Galapagos.”

It is not known if the quake has caused any damage or injuries.

But it is not unusual to see earthquakes in this part of the world as south America sits on the so-called Ring of Fire.

This is a horseshoe-shaped band of fault lines that circles the Pacific Basin and is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Despite the supervolcano risk in Ecuador, scientist Toulkeridis said the rock – which was discovered in 1980 – poses only a 6% chance of erupting this century.

It is estimated the rock’s last eruption was about 200,000 years ago.

The news comes after Daily Star Online revealed California has been told to prepare for the “big one” after recent Mexico tremors following its recent deadly quake.

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