Thursday, July 21, 2016

There's still time

It's possible that a volcano will erupt soon in the suburbs of Rome.

Soon in geological timescales, that is.

An extinct volcano appears to be waking up in the outskirts of Rome

This volcano, the Colli Albani (Alban Hills) erupts around every 36,000 years or so.  And it's due -- in about 1,000 years.

But it's definitely active. This steam vent began venting in 2013 near the airport.

Here's another video of it.

The biggest sign something is happening is that the ground is rising as magma moves into the magma chamber under the Colli Albani.

So, the people living there don't exactly have to pack their bag tomorrow, but it's good to know about these things in advance, for the purposes of urban planning.

(I sure would like to be alive 1,000 years from now, just to see what Earth and mankind are like.  I'm not very optimistic about our next century.)

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