Increased speculation that Mount Paektu could erupt.
Mount Paektu (aka Mt. Baekdu), which lies on the borders of North Korea and China, is in danger or erupting again, says a new study.
The sacred mountain’s last devastating explosion in 946AD was so powerful that it showered rocks and ash on Japan – almost 680 miles (1,100 km) away, making it one of the largest eruptions in recorded human history.
That thousand-year-old eruption was second in size only to the Mount Tambora eruption of 1815, which caused the so-called “Year without a Summer”. But little is known about the 900-ft (2740-m) volcano.
Mount Paektu has been rumbling
Between 2002 and 2005, a swarm of earthquakes shook the mountain’s slopes, then ceased. However, even though it remains quiet, hot springs and gassy vents hint at the mountain’s eruptive potential.
“The volcano is quite active,”says says Kayla Iacovino of the U.S.G.S., coauthor of a study in Science Advances. “But how much of it is ‘eruptable?’ That’s a big question.”
“This volcano is quiet at the moment, but it’s definitely got potential. We need to keep an eye on it,” says James Hammond, a seismologist at Birkbeck at the University of London.
“I think the risk of a destructive eruption here is very real,” says seismologist Stephen Grand of the University of Texas at Austin.
Scientists say an explosion on the scale of the volcano’s A.D. 946 outburst could be catastrophic.
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