Volcano on outskirts of Rome showing activity

Long thought to be extinct, the Colli Albani Volcanic District, located just 19 miles (30 km) from downtown Rome, is waking up.

The town of Castel Gandolfo overlooking Lake Albano - Wikipedia
The town of Castel Gandolfo overlooking Lake Albano, a small volcanic crater lake – Wikipedia

Using ground-based observations of rising land, earthquake swarms and steam vents along with satellite data to track Colli Albani’s activity, a team of researchers says the complex is overdue for an eruption.

The activity includes a  four-year earthquake swarm that began in 1991, and more recently, a volcanic vent that opened near Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in 2013,

Led by volcanologist Fabrizio Marra of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Rome, the team published their findings in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Marra and others argue that eruptions at the complex recur approximately every 31,000 years.

Considering that the most recent eruption occurred 36,000 years ago, they think the Colli Albani might be ready for new eruptions.

But don’t start worrying just yet.

Marra told AGU that the eruption is not likely to happen for another 1,000 years.

Note: Volcano adventurer John Search does not consider this complex to be ‘extinct.’ Some 30 cm (12 inches) of uplift was measured at the Alban Hills from 1951 to 1991, says Search.

Subject: albani-volcano-awakening

A volcano outside Rome, long thought extinct, is rumbling to life.





Thanks to Steven Rowlandson for these links

8 thoughts on “Volcano on outskirts of Rome showing activity”

  1. This area is not just a volcano like Etna, as big as it is, but it is a dormant super volcano like Yellowstone, with the difference that a large population centre is built over the top of it.
    The EU has problem with 900,000 economic migrants, never mind the Syrian refugees who deserve the EU aid and support, what happens when 10 million Italians are displaced by this erupting monster with the ash cloud affecting most of the Balkan Peninsular.

    • And there is yet another supervolcano that occupies a good part of the floor of the Bay of Naples and a substantial bit of land–the Campi Flegri. I’m wondering, given the relative closeness of the two SVs, if the one near Rome could also set off the Campi Flegri. Now THAT would be a real disaster.

  2. thats a LOT of uplift..Id be making contingency plans were I local.
    and praying if she goes its not IN the lake/caldera..cos that would be really messy and nasty

  3. Sooner or later one of these extinct or long dormant volcanoes is going to decimate a European or Central American city. Earth’s geological awakening in recent times, including the recent discoveries of many underwater volcanoes because they woke up, is being ignored by most climatologists. Apparently, only a catastrophe will focus their attention.

    • Volcanic catastrophes tend to happen more than often than not during the latter stages of a Grand Solar Minimum.
      In much the same way, the Oceans have heat lag period to the changing amounts of radiation the Ocean receives from the Sun. Its gravitational effects, of its abrupt changes in orbital shape during AMP affected orbits affect our vicus mantel and the continental plates which float on top of it. After the entire mantel and the larva which is erupted from it is liquid rock.
      Just remember both the Moon and the Sun cause tides on and in the Earth, those same tides affect the Mantle as well as the Oceans.
      I would suggest that a significant number of active Volcanos are showing a measurable uptick in activity, some will cause an eruption both large and small; others will erupt much earlier than if the Sun’s orbital changes had not taken place during SC24.
      The Solar Minimum of 600AD accompanied three separate, worldwide eruptions of major volcanos of T6 and above spread over the time line of the minimum. Let hope we are very lucky and miss the volcanic bullet during this one.

  4. I think people tend to underestimate the risk they face because nothing really happens for long periods of time from a human perspective. People assume it won’t happen in their life time therefore it will never happen until it does then it is too late.
    When the ground in the caldera gets hot and gas vents and geysers develop will Italians renounce the value of their properties in and around the caldera and leave? Will self preservation trump real estate profits?

  5. Vesuvius did quite a number on Pompeii in 79 AD, but this beast would make that eruption look tiny in comparison.

    As far as “it won’t erupt for another 1,000 years” nonsense, consider the Indonesian earthquake that decimated Banda Aceh and killed >250,000 people in 2004. The “experts” didn’t even know the fault existed. That same blind overconfidence could plague the expertise of volcanologists, too.

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