Dormant volcano near Rome reawakens

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A volcano near Rome that last erupted 36,000 years ago is now showing signs of re-awakening.

Scientists previously assumed Colli Albani, a 15-kilometer (9-mile) semicircle of hills outside Rome, was an extinct volcano since there was no record of it having erupted in human history. But in recent years, scientists have observed new steam vents, earthquakes and a rise in ground level in the hills and surrounding area. These observations, along with new evidence of past eruptions and satellite data, indicate Colli Albani is starting a new eruptive cycle and could potentially erupt in 1,000 years from now, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.


  • Calvin Dodge

    Time for Italian vulcanologists to flee the country, before they get put in prison for not warning of this eruption.

  • Noah Peal

    I understand when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, it was such a rare occurrence on the Italian peninsula, there was no word in the Latin language for “volcano.”

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