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A supervolcano near Naples may be waking up

  • 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

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