Earthquake in Spain tied to eruption of Italian volcano- the implication is alarming

ROME, May 12 (Xinhua) — The eruption of the Etna volcano in southern Italy early Thursday is connected to the earthquakes that rocked the Spanish region of Murcia, killing 12 people and injuring more than 170 others, a seismology expert said Thursday. We are currently witnessing an intense seismic activity in the entire Mediterranean area from Spain all the way to Malta which has a certain impact on regional volcanoes,” said Domenico Patane, director of the Sicily office of Italy s National Geophysics Institute. Patane said volcanoes are like windows from where underground magma surfaces and it’s normal that they respond to earthquakes occurring in a geographic proximity. “The Spanish eastern coast hit by the quake, after all, lies close to Italy, in the Mediterranean. Both Spain and Sicily are on the same earth plate,” he said. Etna is more like the submerged volcanoes on the ocean floor, created when subterranean plates are pulled apart, allowing millions of tons of lava to well up. Now geologists think they have solved the mystery. It seems that two small plates on the Mediterranean floor are being squeezed by the collision between Africa and Europe, and are acting as ‘furnace bellows’, drawing lava up from deep in the Earth’s crust.Mail, Xinhua
The implication that earthquakes along the Mediterranean could be squeezing magma to the surface is alarming because besides perturbing the super-volcano Campi Flegrei, the process could also awaken another monster lurking in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the coast of Italy. Marsili is a large undersea volcano in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 175 kilometers (110 miles) south of Naples. The seamount is about 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) tall; its peak and crater are about 450 meters below the sea surface. Though it has not erupted in recorded history, volcanologists believe that Marsili is a relatively fragile-walled structure, made of low-density and unstable rocks, fed by the underlying shallow magma chamber. 2010 underwater surveys revealed the walls of Marsili were experiencing a magnetic anomaly and were gravely degraded by recent volcanic activity. Volcanologists with the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) announced on March 29, 2010 that Marsili could erupt at any time, and might experience a catastrophic collapse that would suddenly release vast amounts of magma in an undersea eruption and landslide that could trigger destructive tsunamis on the Italian coast. Below is a video of the destructive nature of just such an event.
  
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9 Responses to Earthquake in Spain tied to eruption of Italian volcano- the implication is alarming

  1. Virginia Helies (Gen) says:

    The Marsili Volcano scenario is very scary especially bearing in mind Mt Etna, Spain and all the quakes continually happening around Greece and Turkey.

    Over here in Australia we had the 5.3, 3.2 and 3.4 near Bowen North Queensland on 16 April and 3.2 on 17 April after about 70 years and a small one 100 to 200 kms further south at Gladstone soon after. Now on 5 May another 3.1 near Bowen and on 8 May a 2.5 at Dumgree near Gladstone. Something is going on there. That is a bit scary too.

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    • The world is becoming more geologically animated and we’re seeing the results- especially with half a billion people living in high-risk seismic zones and over-crowded urban areas- and this trend is expected to continue well into 2050. It’s a recipe for disaster (pardon the pun). Whether these disasters have always happened before or not is not the issue when the unprecedented number of 7 billion people are now tightly-compacted and living on the planet. This is one of the few times in human history that a mega-disaster can kill 5 million people in one urban area in less than 60 seconds. We should all ponder that for the same minute…

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      • Brave Helios says:

        It seems as if the Japan quake set off after tremors that are shaking out across the mid atlantic plate- through the Turkey, Italy, Spain, Azores line all the way south to the Mid Atlantic ridge edge at S Pole.

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  2. kristoffer says:

    Will it be safe there to go there next month? I am going down to Spain on 29th of june and going on a cruice ship out in the mediterrean sea, to Italy and back.

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  3. Tina Marie says:

    Alvin. Are there any theories, yours or otherwise, concerning the magnetic anomoly the walls are experiencing?

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    • Detailed magnetic anomaly surveys are used to investigate the subsurface structure and faults and/or fractures especially of seamounts. The magnetic anomaly of a volcano represents the dominant polarity of the remnant magnetism of the volcanic rocks. They also suggest the presence of magma. About all we know is that Marsilli is primed and awaiting a trigger.

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  4. Carla says:

    “It seems as if the Japan quake set off after tremors that are shaking out across the mid atlantic plate- through the Turkey, Italy, Spain, Azores line all the way south to the Mid Atlantic ridge edge at S Pole.”
    Is there an established connection via subteranean plates etc that would point to a logical sequence of volcanic events?

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  5. danny says:

    The earthquake in Japan and now in Italy…
    like the post above (some of 2011…) i conclude there is a disaster comming!

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