Forget Monte Paschi, Italy May Have A Far Bigger Problem

Tyler Durden's picture

While the metaphorical 'earthquake' of a systemic banking crisis is coming to a head, it appears Italy may have a far more existential problem on its hands. As The Independent reports, one of the world’s most dangerous supervolcanoes is showing signs of reawakening under the Italian city of Naples.

The Campi Flegrei may be nearing a critical pressure point necessary to drive an eruption for the first time in 500 years, according to scientists.

Researchers say the volcano is moving towards a threshold beyond which rising magma could spark the release of fluids and gases at 10 times the normal rate.

This surge would cause an injection of extremely hot steam into surrounding rocks, Giovanni Chiodini, lead author of the study, told AFP.

This could ultimately trigger a “very dangerous” eruption for the three million people living in the area.

Since 2005, the Campi Flegrei  has been undergoing “uplift”, which is the accumulation of magma under the surface of a volcano.

In response, Italian authorities raised the threat level from green to yellow in 2012, signalling the need for the supervolcano to be actively monitored.

Four years ago, scientists warned any eruption could kill millions living near or on top of the volcano.

"These areas can give rise to the only eruptions that can have global catastrophic effects comparable to major meteorite impacts," said Giuseppe De Natale, head of a project to monitor the volcano's activity.

Nearby Mount Vesuvius, whose massive eruption buried Roman settlements including Pompeii in AD79, is also considered an active volcano.

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WayBehind's picture

Overpopulated planet = mother nature is fighting back

NoDebt's picture

Humans have become a much more "target rich environment" for nature's wrath.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) NoDebt Dec 23, 2016 8:07 PM

When Mt. Pelee in Martinique goes California goes.


peddling-fiction's picture

I have been up there (close) in Martinique.

However, Montserrat is a sight to see.

BuddyEffed's picture

Quick. Build a reactor next to that super volcano to prevent its eruption. Mother Earth will understand our motive and take her magma back down unto herself.

What's that you say? We've already got a reactor cluster on site? Then just build a few more until we get moms attention.

BuddyEffed's picture

Anyone fracking in that area? If so, please stop.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) BuddyEffed Dec 23, 2016 8:55 PM

It's a dangerous world in many ways.  An extenction level event doesn't need to come from a meteor or a nuclear war.  Maybe it's time for Mother Earth to start things over with a new dominant species.  I wasn't looking forward to the coming Ice Age anyway.


38BWD22's picture



If that volcano is similar in size to the Yellowstone Supervolcano (goes off about every 500,000 years or so), that would be a very big problem for all of Europe, and beyond.

Antifaschistische's picture

sounds to me like they've found their solution for where to put those refugee camps.

keep the bastards honest's picture

If you are  concerned Dutchsinse on youtube gives daily updates. He is brilliant. He has cracked the pattern of spread and the size and timing.

The Pacific plate is very active at the moment. Pressure from deep eathquakes transmits across the globe to quakes, volanoes  and to breaks in the crust the fracking and oil  drilling sites.

Déjà view's picture

Glass half empty or half full...

Long or short lava lamps?

ebworthen's picture

Good thing the human life-span is short.

Any of these super volcanoes could kill 1/3 of the population if not more.

For 100 years or so we've had electricity and the internal combustion engine; less than the blink-of-an-eye in the history of Earth.

The Yellowstone Caldera blowing would starve 1/2 the planet by itself, but we may do it ourselves before it happens.

OverTheHedge's picture

Oh Joy.

The good news is that I am only 450 miles away - hopefully far enough to survive the initial blast, so I will let you know if it goes bang.

The even better news is that we have been suffering a bit from eroding top-soil. I could do with some extra to replace what has washed out to sea. Maybe not the 20 feet depth that Pompeii had; six inches would be sufficient, 9 would be nice (as the actress said to the bishop).

Probably no point planting the garden this year......

weburke's picture

When the sun goes lower power, earthquakes are on rise.

mrtoad's picture

Suspicous observors on youtube do dailys too and they use the suns solar storms magnatism to predict quakes and they have an App for phones available also.  Spaceweather. Com is the website. Very informative.

Rage Against Your Face's picture

Nonesense. Yellowstone last eruption ejected 2,500km3, Campi Flegrei 84km3 (not even a supervolcano). Anyway the biggest is Lake Toba.

Whalley World's picture

Earth is a small target in the line of fire right now
Just google Carlos Munoz Ferrada

East Indian's picture

I have pointed it out earlier, and I am sorry to say this, but the next dominant species will be rats (Rattus rattus)...


And already many members of that species are in very high positions.

hongdo's picture

Who wrote "Eat Drink and be Merry for tomorrow we die."  Some day he will be right.

Oops, we all gonna die anyway. Just some don't want to admit it.

See you in Bangkok.

rwe2late's picture

 There are NO nuclear reactors operating in Italy.

After Fukushima, Italians voted overwhelmingly in  a referendum to ban and close them.

And unlike the governments of certain nations,

the Italian government is abiding by the public decision!

Posa's picture

Yeah. They're burning coal instead... suddenly CO2 isn't such a menace afterall.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

That's because liberals in general are representatives of the r-type according to the very accurate "r/K Selection Theory", and r-types are opportunists who abandon all of their previous "principles" the moment their personal safety and existence is jeopardized.

JRobby's picture

In othere words: sniveling coward con men.


Master Toms Dog's picture

How would a volcano in the Caribbean affect California exactly?

keep the bastards honest's picture

A volcano in the Caribbean would have to have been triggered from the west ie california or south. A lot of quakes south below Cali are triggered by running down the  coastal areas. Or  a deep quake in the west Pacific .. like Fiji area can spread across to South amerc as well and then across to the Caribbean.  If big then air pollution can darken teh sky for years.

 Have a look at Dutchsinse on youtube.  

Secret Weapon's picture

I do not understand your thinking with this comment.  One is Atlantic and the other is Pacific.  Please explain.  Thanks. 

The central planners's picture

Nice place for liberals to live its warm, sunny and its not Mexico.

GreatUncle's picture

More war needed = thats for the warmongers like Clinton /S


Tallest Skil's picture

The two things are in no way correlated and there is no human overpopulation.

NoDebt's picture

Spirits say no build city next to smoking mountain.


yellowsub's picture

History does repeat itself, I guess they never heard of Pompeii.

mccvilb's picture

Few are aware Vesuvius has erupted around 36 times since Pompeii, including four times just in the 20th century. It's actually overdue for another. In 1908 an eruption ruined the planned site of the summer olympics and took out a nearby American Air Force base. For anyone who wants to see what the the end of the world could look like, go to Google Earth, find Naples about halfway down Italy on the western coast. Vesuvius is located at 3:30 about 8.7 miles southeast of Naples. Pretty impressive cone, right? Now look at the size of the caldera that Mt. Vesuvius sits inside and calls home, the Monte summa volcano, with a width of five miles wall to wall.

CNONC's picture

American Air Force Base in 1908?  That is wrong in too many to count.

thatthingcanfly's picture

Orville and Wilbur were just part of a cover-up conspiracy. The US actually had stealth bombers in Italy back in the 1800s.

PN7's picture

U R so Wright, Bro.

OverTheHedge's picture

Here's one that went bang a while ago - made an impression on the locals. You may know it as the legend of Atlantis...,25.3535957,2546...!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x1499cdd2010f946f:0x8ac0c63b0c032647!8m2!3d36.4201774!4d25.4319763?hl=en

Oh, and it is only 670 miles from Naples, as the pumice flies, and I live slap-bang in-between the two. Perhaps I should move?

GreatUncle's picture

Lol next too? You mean on top of! The Naples economy will achieve escape velocity from the recession in a whole new way.

This is no difference to building a nuclear reactor next to the ocean and waiting long enough that tidal wave will come = Fukoshima!

deoldefarte's picture

IMHO, Fukoshima could have been prevented, if only a simple precaution was taken

when constructing the reactors.

Namely, the diesel generators that were to kick in when the power went out, were

only  placed much higher, so that the tsunami would not had  flooded/disabled  them.

We would not have the meltdown, as the rods would be cooled as planned.

Hopefully, other plants will correct that  mistake.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

But I didn't know until this day that it was Barzini all along.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I nominate Draghi to jump in the volcano and appease its anger.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I would also nominate Lagarde, but she would probably survive given the protective coating that she calls skin.

TRN's picture

I think it will work if you throw in Junger as well!

tuetenueggel's picture

Jean Clown Juncker, the full time drunken asshole from Luxembourg  ?

Txpl9421's picture

Quick find a virgin. Where's Podesta when you need him?