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The world’s fate threatened by Italian supervolcano

The surreal Solfatara Crater, arguably the best known volcanic vent in the Campi Flegrei (Phlegrean Fields), represents the most compelling evidence of the deadly heat that lies underneath the surface. On September 12, 2017, that very heat caused one of the most harrowing tragedies ever brought about by volcanic activity.

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The world is watching Iceland, as Bardarbunga eruption continues

The worldwide air industry is bracing for a new eruption in Iceland, which could turn out to be similar, or even worse, than Eyjafjallajökull Volcano’s eruptive sequence during spring 2010, which grounded countless flights across Europe, Canada and the US.

The current eruption is taking place in one of the most remote areas of central Iceland, where Bardarbunga stratovolcano, hidden beneath the NW portion of Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest icecap, started giving signs of unrest in mid-August. Continue reading The world is watching Iceland, as Bardarbunga eruption continues

Pompeii: Crumbling Cradle of Volcanology

With Pauls W.S. Anderson’s blockbuster “Pompeii” still in movie theaters, it may be the right time to reflect upon the need to do whatever it takes to protect Italy’s stunning cultural heritage sites.

Indeed, Pliny the Younger’s description of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, which buried Pompeii, Ercolano and Stabia under a thick cover of ash and pumice deposits, might well be regarded as marking the birth of volcanology. Continue reading Pompeii: Crumbling Cradle of Volcanology