|Manu||Date: Tuesday, 07-August-2012, 11:53 PM | Message # 1|
Italian scientists are planning on drilling underneath an area west of Naples in an attempt to better understand volcanoes.
Reuters reports that across the bay of Naples from Pompeii, where thousands of people were killed in a deadly eruption from Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, there lies a hidden 'super volcano' with the potential to kill millions.
Reuters reports scientists are interested in what's 3km below the volcano, where a chamber of molten rock is believed to be located.
Tests will be conducted to learn more about Campi Flegrei (or Phlegraean Fields) area and whether an early warning system can be devised in case the volcano erupts in any shape or form.
A supervolcano has a volcanic center that has had an eruption of magnitude 8, which means the measured deposit for the eruption is greater than 240 cubic miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
And the supervolcano near Pompeii is not the only one.
The Yellowstone Caldera, located under Yellowstone Lake, is the largest supervolcano in North America. California and New Mexico also have them. Other supervolcanoes around the world are located in Indonesia, Japan, and Siberia, according to the Discovery Channel. There are even significant calderas that have not been well studied in Ethiopia and Bolivia.
Full article/source - http://www.skynews.com.au/eco/article.aspx?id=780014