The very useful art of assessing a supervolcano without making it erupt

  • Luca De Siena

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Ever heard of Campi Flegrei? It is a supervolcano in southern Italy. Literally translating as “fields of fire,” only the Yellowstone caldera in the United States has more potential to devastate.

The Naples urban area, with its four million inhabitants, extends within this amazing volcanic complex, though it lies mostly beneath the sea. The last time that Campi Flegrei erupted was less than 500 years ago, in 1538. It was one of the volcano’s smallest eruptions down the millennia, but it lasted a week and killed 24 people.

Period15 Jan 2015

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