Scientists Say Italian Supervolcano Is "Becoming More Dangerous" As Magma Builds Beneath It

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After the long-dormant supervolcano Campi Flegrei awakened late last year, a team of scientists that has pinpointed the now-active volcano's magma source says a potentially devastating eruption could be just around the corner.

Campi Flegrei is a volcanic caldera to the west of Naples that last erupted in the sixteenth century. It has been mostly quiet since then, with the exception of a few small tremors in the 1980s. Seismographic data from those rumbles allowed scientists to pinpoint the source of the magma that flooded into Campi Flegrei's chamber and caldera, according to United Press International. The results are unequivocal: An analysis of the supervolcano's hot zone suggests Campi Flegrei could be nearing an eruption.

"What this means in terms of the scale of any future eruption we cannot say, but there is no doubt that the volcano is becoming more dangerous," De Siena said.


"The big question we have to answer now is if it is a big layer of magma that is rising to the surface, or something less worrying which could find its way to the surface out at sea."

Researchers liken the volcano's hot zone to a boiling pot of soup. Over the last several years, the volcano has gotten considerably hotter.

The Campi Flegrei "hot zone"

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.

Now, based on an assessment of the current flows, scientists are worried that a potentially deadly eruption could happen close to a population center like the city of Naples.

"During the last 30 years the behaviour of the volcano has changed, with everything becoming hotter due to fluids permeating the entire caldera," Dr De Siena explained.


"Whatever produced the activity under Pozzuoli in the 1980s has migrated somewhere else, so the danger doesn't just lie in the same spot, it could now be much nearer to Naples which is more densely populated.


"This means that the risk from the caldera is no longer just in the centre, but has migrated. Indeed, you can now characterise Campi Flegrei as being like a boiling pot of soup beneath the surface.


"What this means in terms of the scale of any future eruption we cannot say, but there is no doubt that the volcano is becoming more dangerous.

The study, which reports provides a benchmark that could help determine the timing of future eruptions, was led by Dr. Luca De Siena at the University of Aberdeen in conjunction with the INGV Osservatorio Vesuviano, the RISSC lab of the University of Naples, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Still, scientists have some questions.

"One question that has puzzled scientists is where magma is located beneath the caldera, and our study provides the first evidence of a hot zone under the city of Pozzuoli that extends into the sea at a depth of 4 km," Dr De Siena said.


"While this is the most probable location of a small batch of magma, it could also be the heated fluid-filled top of a wider magma chamber, located even deeper."

Dr De Siena's study suggests that magma was prevented from rising to the surface in the 1980s by the presence of a one-to-two-kilometer-deep rock formation that blocked its path, forcing it to release energy along a different route. While the implications of this are still not fully understood, the relatively low amount of seismic activity in the area since the 1980s suggests that pressure is building within the caldera, raising the risk of an eruption.

Just days ago, scientists warned that Mount Paektu, a long dormant supervolcano in North Korea, could be roused to a potentially humanity-threatening eruption if the isolated nation continues to conduct nuclear tests at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

Meanwhile, US government officials are monitoring a similar situation unfolding at the Yellowstone Caldera in Wyoming, another “supervolcano.” An eruption at Yellowstone could plunge the Earth into a volcanic winter, according to scientists at NASA, who’ve devised an incredibly risky plan to save the US from the volcano.

Of course, some scientists say NASA’s plan risks triggering the eruption it's trying to prevent.

NASA believes the most viable solution could be to drill up to 10km down into the super volcano and pump down water at high pressure. The circulating water would return at a temperature of around 350C (662F), thus slowly day by day extracting heat from the volcano. And while such a project would come at an estimated cost of around $3.46 billion, it comes with an enticing catch which could convince politicians (taxpayers) to make the investment.

Of course, drilling into a supervolcano comes with its own risks, like the eruption that scientists are desperate to prevent.

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svayambhu108's picture

First tremor in 1980, erruption imminent in 2100

ZH, doom porn old style, me like it

Automatic Choke's picture

quick, call al gore, must be CO2's fault.

CuttingEdge's picture

"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.


All that radiation erupting from Fukushima on a daily dasis doesn't count then?

Teja's picture

Naples is in deep shit. First razed by Irma, now a Supervolcano. Really hard stuff. What next, a meteorite? Or a Trump visit to console the survivors?

BennyBoy's picture


First Yellowstone now this shit.

I blame climate change, the russians and ZH's advertisers need for FEAR to get eyeballs on all the lovely ads here.

I assume there are ads here, but I use 2 ad blockers and don't see any of that annoying crap.

Byte Me's picture

For similar reasons, I don't see the ads either.

I find the article disappointing really because the doomporn signally failed to tie in the nuclear testing meme. Also a bit skinny with the Nibiru 'narrative' goatshit.


Try harder.

Moonchichi's picture

Get a browser that can use Adnauseum.  Block the ads whilst costing the advertisers money.  They really don't like paying for the background fake clicks it generates, and it's impossible to track the purchasing habits of someone that seemingly clicks every ad they come across - not a lot they can do about it though, apart from getting browser developers to ban the addon (firefox, pfft, sellouts).


LotUnsold's picture

Jeez! I guess you couldn't find your own country on a map.  This is in Italy (as the headline points out). If you need help finding it, it's on the other side of the Atlantic.

Took Red Pill's picture

I'm hoping he was just trying to be funny and not really that ignorant.

SubjectivObject's picture


ConfederateH's picture

I would be very worried if I lived in Sourthern Australia, near to Venice Beach.

StackShinyStuff's picture

Please tell me you are joking

trippy64's picture

Naples, Italy, not nap;es FL.....

Village-idiot's picture

Nah. Call Hillary, it's the Russian's fault.

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

This should be good for a few billion worth of carbon credits. Cooling the earth one super volcano eruption at a time.

Chafuckingching baby

cstu7011's picture

Would someone explain why we are being told Dominica is having a Cat 5 hurricane..... buuuut the airport flight tracker has shown a Cat 1 at best?? And Sept 18th showing a top wind of 27 knots (31 MPH) ??? ????

ConfederateH's picture

Because the Rothschilds own the Weather Channel and Weather Central and are heavily involved in weather derivatives.  All these storms, natural or artifial, are being financialized.  

Just imagine all those child molestors and sacrificers getting their rocks off watching stupid goyim running around in a panic because of the storm you, the demi-god, created.  Imagine all the energy increase you would get from the suffering souls submitting to your power.

trippy64's picture

Because the storm has laready moved off the coast, and the further the eye moves, the slower the winds get? Just saying.

Obsidian Samctum's picture

Everything from the cosmos to geopolitic to mother nature is a tinder box waiting for a spark to ignite a metaphoric storm of epic proportion. Nothing will be spared, not even the trees and rocks.

svayambhu108's picture

The world will end, but with "a whimper not a bang"

Implied Violins's picture


- just not at the same time, or on the same day...and that would be true even if we all died simultaneously.

ItsAllBollocks's picture

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RafterManFMJ's picture

You can clean your mouth on my special appendage.

RafterManFMJ's picture

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wintermute's picture

Using the volcano as a geothermal source for electricity is a win-win solution. 

Naples, are you listening to NASA?

ItsAllBollocks's picture

... yeah. If it works, the scientist responsible will go down in history as the saviour of the world. If it doesn't? Well, for a scientist having a bad hair day, eternal fame just might be worth the risk. A real win win...

SoDamnMad's picture

And if your reply within the next 24 hrs, we will throw in an extra special offer. We will build a camp really near this site for the rapeugees and use the heat to keep them all nice and warm. Should it blow it will be a win-win-win for all (that survive).

Hillarys Server's picture

Now Italy? Where isn't there a super volcano?

land_of_the_few's picture

Why are they leaving out Toba in Indonesia? The writers are doomed by supervolcanoes and should give us the exact details why every morning.

Where will we send the funeral flowers to?

lurker since 2012's picture

Yes and i have stayed their in a Batak house, yonks ago. I spied a story a year or two ago that the ground around Toba was too hot for the locals to walk on......all vegetation died.. So 4 super volcano's could be on the go SOOOOoooooonnnn.

vato poco's picture

NASA appears to have devolved into a bunch of fucking idiots. not content with endless yammering about the "climate change" scam bullshit, they've moved onto bigger and betetr things, like the yellowstone caldera. if I understand the approximate scale involved, their brilliant plan is roughly akin to knocking a small chip off the surface of a bowling ball and expecting it to then be unable to roll. 

oh, and they all want a raise in their pensions and bennies. because experts.

Farqued Up's picture


Never A Straight Answer.

RafterManFMJ's picture

So anyway we lost the original moon landing video and recordings and the moon rocks and all sorts of other shit pretty conveniently.

But let us tell you alllll about climate change.

Incidentally we are most certainly not another propaganda arm of the Deep State - we're wearing white coats n shit. Trust us!

Farqued Up's picture

Is it possible that Planet X is real?

ItsAllBollocks's picture

No... There's only the planet Youron.

kbohip's picture

Oh it's real alright.  There are aliens on it too!  Don't believe for one single second that they come in peace and will give us the cure to cancer just for us letting them borrow Godzilla.  Nope,  they only SAY they want to take Godzilla back to Planet X to kill King Ghidorah.  Not only do we not get the cure for cancer but they intend to use Godzilla and their own monster against us!

asstrix's picture

Economic collapse, nuclear apocalypse, global warming, hurricanes from A to Z and now it is supervolcanos. So far there was only one mentioned about, in the USA. Then came along that one in DPRK which got awakened because of the nuke test. Now another one in Italy..

SoDamnMad's picture

Mossad will slip a nuke into one of these super-volcanos. This Italian one wil screw Europe and  Russia, the Yellowstone one will screw the US and the Nk one will screw Japan and China thus making Is-Ra-Hell the masters of the universe.

Greed is King's picture

You mean they`re not now ?. Then who is ?.

MaxThrust's picture

Al gore will be pissed if this happens. His investments in solar power are going to go south once that ash cloud hazes out  the sun.

tuetenueggel's picture

we´ve nuff niggers to clean them at once.

Archibald Buttle's picture

now i am not a scientist, but to this particular layman, this smacks of leeches being used as the cutting edge of doctoring by barbers back in the day...

RafterManFMJ's picture

This was written by Michael Snyder imo; you can recognize his writing style throughout.

The real question here is, if it was him, why wasn't he attributed as the author?

johnjkiii's picture

See what happens when you deny global warming? LOL.