Campi Flegrei, a supervolcano near Naples, Italy, and dormant for close to 500 years, appears to be reawakening, scientists say.
According to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, rising magma could cause a release of gas and fluid that may lead to an eruption.
If that happens, as the Washington Post reported, it would spell disaster for the 500,000 people living around it.
Giovanni Chiodini, a volcanologist and the lead author of
the study, said while it is impossible to predict with certainty when
and if the supervolcano will erupt, the caldera requires immediate attention.
The volcano has erupted twice in the last thousand years: in 1198 and 1538.
In 2012, Italian authorities raised the alert level from green to yellow due to volcanic uplift. Read more