An impending eruption awaits as critical pressure point is detected in this supervolcano near Naples that was suspected to have lead to the extinction of the Neanderthals 200,000 years ago.
Campi Flegrei which means 'burning fields' in Italian is an extensive volcanic area located in the west of Naples in Italy which housed 500,000 people. The volcanic area has 24 craters and volcanic edifices which most of it are lying underwater. It was formed around 39,000 years ago and became one of the biggest eruption in Europe in 200,000 years.
But what's alarming at this point is that the volcano which had two of its devastating major eruptions 35,000 and 12,000 years ago; and the most recent that went on for 8 days in 1538 - is now rumbling.
Giuseppe De Natale from Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology told Reuters back in 2012, "These areas can give rise to the only eruptions that can have global catastrophic effects comparable to major meteorite impacts."
Scientists in Rome informed that the volcano has reached its critical point termed as "critical degassing pressure" (CDP).
"Hydrothermal rocks, if heated, can ultimately lose their mechanical resistance, causing an acceleration towards critical conditions," Giovanni Chiodini, volcanologists from the Italian National Institute of Geophysics.
There is no need to panic at this point. The rumbling could mean, "pre-eruptive conditions or to the finish of the volcanic unrest."
But continued monitoring of the area needs to be in place to know if this volcanic rumbling could get worst or if it would do anything at all.
A recent series of volcanic activities of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung
two and three months ago sent plumes of ashes into the sky.
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