Researchers warn us that Campi Flegrei, the supervolcano in Italy, might be preparing for another disastrous eruption. For the last 67 years, it kept accumulating pressure which showed no sign of ease. Therefore, the threat of another super eruption is imminent, and it might turn into one of the most powerful event of the type that ever occurred on this planet.
A supervolcano is not what you would expect
Campi Flegrei erupted for the last time around 500 years ago. The event was so intense that the volcano kept fuming for eight days straight, and the molten rocks spewed from within accumulated on the ground, building a pile of material the size of a mountain.
Researchers analyzed the state of the supervolcano, and they bring bad news. The movements of the ground at Campi Flegrei might be a sign of an incoming eruption, which might turn into a real hazard. This is why they warn the Italian authorities to be ready for any possible scenario.
You might imagine a supervolcano like a huge regular volcano, but it is in fact something completely different. When a volcano has an intense and violent activity, it collapses into the ground and turns into a huge crater. This crater is sprinkled with geysers, pits, and other fields which exhibit volcanic activity.
Campi Flegrei threatens with a destructive eruption
Campi Flegrei is spread on an area of 38 square miles near Naples, contains around 24 craters and other volcanic formations, and the main crater in the center is 7.4 miles wide. The last eruption took place in 1538, and it was smaller than the previous ones. Still, it lasted for eight days and formed Mount Nuovo from the spewed material.
Moreover, researchers believe that the formation of Campi Flegrei was the cause of the extinction of Neanderthals. Therefore, the constant unrest in which the supervolcano has been lying for the past 60 years is not a good sign. They are not sure yet if it might end up in an eruption, but are warning the authorities to be ready for any outcome.
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