New volcanic vent discovered close to airport in Rome, Italy

August 26, 2013 ROME, Italy Italian experts have been puzzled by the overnight appearance of what looks like a volcanic geyser erupting steam and gases 5 meters into the air. What appears to be a new fumarole appeared near Rome’s International Fiumicino airport Saturday morning. A vent producing small geyser-like fountains of steam, water and mud was suddenly opened in the ground near a road crossing near Fiumicino. Geologists are currently examining the phenomenon. It is still a bit unclear whether it is not a man-made accident caused by a broken pipe or similar (which might well be the case). As La Repubblica statess, first inspections however indicate that it is in fact a new natural vent. Obviously, there are also already some speculations whether it could be related to volcanic activity. The nearest possibly still active volcanic system in the area is the Monti Albani, an old but possibly not yet extinct volcanic complex located 20 km SE of the capital. Its last known activity there took place about 20,000 years ago. New volcanic activity in the suburban area of Rome itself is certainly not a completely impossible, but quite unlikely scenario. More data will be needed to shed light on this. “From Mt. Etna in Sicily up to the Alban hills around Rome, there is a good deal of volcanic activity,” Alberto Basilli, a seismologist at the Italian National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology told the Daily Telegraph. –Volcano Discovery
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3 Responses to New volcanic vent discovered close to airport in Rome, Italy

  1. Irene C says:

    Praying that this is man made and not volcanic. As long as it’s not another Paricutin, the volcano in Mexico that started in a cornfield in 1943.


  2. Alex Bentley says:

    Remember the birth of the volcano “Parícutin”, Mexico in 1943 (ícutin). It began with a little fissure in a cornfield as well… so Rome, be prepared …


    • V

      Good point, Alex. Parícutin”, did began that way. No doubt some will also wonder if this is some type of reference to St. Malachi’s prophecy that after the last pope was elected, the City of the Seven hills will be burned by fire in a terrible judgment.

      “And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning.” Revelation 18:9


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