Russian scientists voice concerns about dangers of a supervolcano erupting in Italy

January 31, 2013ITALYIt looks like we may be in for an earth-shattering explosion. A dormant super volcano appears to be stirring under the Phlegraen Fields of Naples in Italy. Rising soil temperatures and surface deformation in the area have alarmed seismologists. In the distant past, volcanic super eruptions caused global climate change responsible for mass extinctions of plant and animal species. So far, scientists are unable to model the potential consequences of an awakening supervolcano. Latest studies show that the Phlegraen Fields have actually been swelling above sea level at a rate of 3 cm per month. Micro quakes and large amounts of gases accumulated in soil indicate that the volcano may be preparing to erupt, says Vladimir Kiryanov, Assistant Professor of Geology at the St. Petersburg University. “The Phlegraen Fields is a supervolcano. Yellowstone in the United States and Toba in Indonesia are also supervolcanoes capable of spewing more than 1,000 cubic km of magma. These are catastrophic eruptions. There was a huge volcanic eruption in the Phlegraen Fields some 30,000-40,000 years ago. Volcanic ash from that eruption is still found in the Mediterranean, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and even in Russia. We are now seeing the expansion of a magma pocket, which means that there might be an eruption at a certain time.” Super eruptions of such magnitude may produce the so-called “volcanic winter” effect when sulfur gases and ash will reach the stratosphere and cover the globe with thick ash clouds that solar rays will be unable to penetrate. Condensed sulfur trioxides will react with moisture, forming sulfuric acid. Downpours of sulfuric acid will hit the Earth. Scientists have obtained new evidence of a similar cataclysm following the eruption of the Toba super volcano on island of Sumatra in Indonesia about 74,000 years ago. But today, things promise to be even more devastating. Suffice it to recall the havoc wreaked by a minor increase in volcanic activity in Iceland in 2010 on air transportation over Europe. Super eruptions occurred so rarely that it is virtually impossible to calculate the approximate time span between the first and last stages of a future potential eruption. In the 1970s, the Phlegraen Fields inflated by more than 50 cm. There were even cracks in house walls. But then the process slackened. Apparently, the fact itself that a magma chamber is being filled with magma may or may not signal any immediate eruption. Alexei Sobisevich, laboratory chief at the Institute of Volcanology and Geophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, shares his view: “It actually seems to be a long-term precursor. A magma chamber may be filled up within a span ranging from decades to centuries. Many mounts grow by 5 cm per year. This is a natural process.” Some scientists hold that the volcanic system of the Earth is becoming increasingly tense and that underground cavities are full of magma, threatening to burst out any moment. Whether this will be a super eruption or a string of smaller eruptions, we should prepare for the worst. –Voice of Russia
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19 Responses to Russian scientists voice concerns about dangers of a supervolcano erupting in Italy

  1. John says:

    Roman Catholic prophecy predicts the this Pope will flee Rome amid great death and destruction. And that he will die in exile. And that the next Pope will be the antipope. One of the beasts of the antichrist. St. Malachy would be one of the foremost of these prophets. This supervolcano eruption scenario would fit with that prediction,

  2. Caroline says:

    (NIV)Revelation 16:16-21
    Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. [17] The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” [18] Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. [19] The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. [20] Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. [21] From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.

  3. tdenbeck says:

    This is more than ineresting. Thank you again Alvin for the information.

  4. Dennis E. says:

    Well, on this beloved web site, articles that Russia, China and The USA have been stockpiling food.
    Even as late as last week, we read about China stockpiling food.
    We all know that the goverment never tells all it knows and when it says anything, we want proof because its usually questionable.
    Now, the Russians have come out and I think we should take their assessment seriously…..

  5. elizabeth says:

    Isaiah 54:10
    Though the mountains move
    and the hills shake,
    My love will not be removed from you
    and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
    says your compassionate Lord.

  6. Irene C says:

    Move over Yellowstone.

    Now, how does one really prepare for the worst? Trust in the Lord.

  7. Eye of Odin says:

    What are you trying to say? I thought we were talking about the Italian volcano???? How does one gage when gods wrath has reached it’s limit? I know personally I have been feeling very uneasy and can seriously feel something building up…

  8. When we stockpile food or water, we have to pray for guidance and understanding, because what if the food we stockpile has gone under the earthquake. Then what! So, what is why we all need to pray about the Lords true Guidance Now. Thanks

  9. danilo says:

    Please do not mix science and religion; however, if there is an antichrist, it is the Church iteself: 2000 years of destruction….

  10. Mick says:

    Alvin

    Not to take away from this article….but I know I asked a couple months back and I was again interested in knowing if you have heard any update on Mt. Uturuncu in Bolivia. For such a massive uplift and several teams of scientist claiming to be heading there to study, it seems to have fallen off the radar.

    • It’s still rapidly inflating and is connect to events occurring with the planet. It very disconcerting because few are making the connecting of why nearly every supervolcanic system on the planet is now stirring simultaneously.

  11. tonic says:

    Maybe surplus magma is only beginning to find a way out. More and more volcanoes are venting.
    Can only occur if more heat is developing within the planet.

    • Arnie Lerma says:

      I believe the global indications of rising magma are due to increased solar and/or galactic induced increases in polar electrical currents, the same currents that create auroras. One paper esimaed these currents in the billions of amperes. There earth as well as other planets in our solar system, are heatinging like a hot dog with a fork stuck in each end that is plugged into a wall socket.

  12. m7even says:

    Roman Catholic Prophecy does not predict the next Pope will be the Anti Christ. You have been mislead.

  13. Hermenator says:

    Does anyone have info of how to get in touch with a vulcanologist that is monitoring Yellowstone.
    Thank you very much.

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