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Volcano in Rome has signs of life

A volcano in Rome has come back to life

Scientists are saying a dormant volcano on the outskirts of Rome is poised for an eruption. However, this may not occur for a number of years.

Researchers were stunned after they discovered Colli Albani, a volcano that was presumed extinct, is active once again.

This comes after a new report showed new steam vents, earthquakes and a rise in hill level in surrounding areas leads.

Alban Hills wikipedia

The Alban Hills (Italian Colli Albani) are the site of a quiescent volcanic complex in Italy, located 20 km (12 mi) southeast of Rome and about 24 kilometers (15 mi) north of Anzio.

The dominant peak (but not the highest) is Monte Cavo at 950 m. There are two small calderas which contain lakes, Lago Albano and Lake Nemi. The rock of the hills is called Peperino (lapis albanus) a particular Tuff, a combination of ash and small rocks that is useful for construction, and provides a mineral-rich substrate for grape vines.

The area was inhabited by the Latini during the 5th to 3rd centuries BC. The ancient Romans called them Albanus Mons. On the summit was the sanctuary of Jupiter Latiaris, in which the consuls celebrated the Feriae Latinae, and several generals celebrated victories here when they were not accorded regular triumphs in Rome. The temple has not survived, but the Via Triumphalis leading up to it may still be seen.

The hills, especially around the shores of the lakes, have been popular since prehistoric times. From the 9th to 7th century BC there were numerous villages (see the legendary Alba Longa and Tusculum). In Roman times these villages were inhabited as a way to escape the heat and crowds of Rome, and there are many villas and country houses in the area.

Studies have found the volcano operates in a cycle of a 31,000-year dormancy to eruption period. Colli Albani last erupted 36,000 years ago. Fabrizio Marra, a volcanologist, believes the next eruption could be in 1,000 years.

Scientists are also saying that when the volcano does erupt, it has potential to be equally as destructive as Mount Vesuvius, which caused mass destruction in Pompeii back in 79 A.D.

Marra hopes these findings will serve as a “wake-up call,” and encourage fellow scientists to more closely monitor the volcano moving forward.

Volcanic activity

Examination of deposits have dated the four most recent eruptions to two temporal peaks, around 36,000 and 39,000 years ago.[1][2] The area exhibits small localized earthquake swarms, bradyseism, and release of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide into the atmosphere. The uplift and earthquake swarms have been interpreted as caused by a slowly growing spherical magma chamber 5-6 kilometers below the surface; some think that it may erupt again; if so, there is risk to Rome, which is only 25 to 30 km away.

The volcano emits large amounts of carbon dioxide.[6] This can potentially reach lethal concentrations if it accumulates in depressions in the ground in the absence of wind. The asphyxiation of 29 cows in September 1999 prompted a detailed survey, which found that concentration of the gas at 1.5 m above the ground in a residential area on the northwestern flank sometimes exceeded the occupational health threshold of 0.5%.

There are prophecies that say, Rome will be destroyed by earthquake and fire…pg

9 responses to “Volcano in Rome has signs of life

  1. Adolfo Rios Pita Giurfa July 15, 2016 at 8:56 am

    The Last pope has activated them 🙂

  2. p.g.sharrow July 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    @ Adolfo; 🙂 I like your observation and am pleased to see you visit.

    The sands of time are running out on the old regime.
    Around the world groups of would be world rulers are beginning to see their lust for power stifled by the hand of GOD. The old way of centralized rule by Elites is nearly over.
    We don’t need them…pg

  3. E.M.Smith July 15, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Adolfo! Nice to see you again!

    @P.G.:

    During grand solar minima, volcanoes become much more active. Interesting times ahead… Need to start watching Kamchatka, Iceland, and a bunch of Pacific Islands too…

  4. David Sharrow August 20, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Happy Birthday bro

    reply; only number 70 ;-)…pg

  5. Zeke August 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    So PG is an august person of 70 now?
    How neat, what a blessing!
    You know seven years in the old testament is called a “week.” Happy tenth week. (:

    REPLY …….Been a 10 long weeks!…;-)…pg

  6. Tenuc November 3, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Hi PG. There have been a series of quakes from Italy to Greece over the last few days, linked to an increase in the speed of the solar wind. Here’s hoping the release of pressure will give those people effected some relief.

  7. pg sharrow November 5, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Not sure of the cause and effect of solar activities on the Earth. It could be that something else causes both solar and earth effects such as changes in the local density of space. We do know that increases in gravity slow atomic nuclear activities.
    These earth movements in central Italy are about 80km north of the above volcanic area.
    Rome was founded along the Tiberius by outlaws and outcasts in an area of swamps and badlands created by eruptions of this explosive volcanic area.
    “Prophecy for Rome is that it and the Roman papacy will be destroyed by such an eruption”……….soon…pg

  8. H.R. June 30, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Colbi Albani, presumed extinct.

    It seems the volcano experts aren’t as expert as they think.

    I’ll go out on a pretty sturdy limb and say that earthquakes are a precursor to volcanoes, magma pushing up and all that, so everywhere there are earthquakes, there is the possibility of a volcano. It just seems to me that wherever the earth has fractures there is a possible path for magma to work its way up from the mantle.

    Since volcanologists spend their time poking around volcanoes, why would it surprise anyone if eruptions occurred somewhere with earthquake activity, but no sign of volcanoes? If volcanologists were immortal, then they could make observations on geologic time scales. That could probably be said of some of the other fields in the Earth Sciences.

  9. p.g.sharrow July 1, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Interesting watching, “former drips under pressure.” 😉 experts, HA!
    Generally they are just educated beyond their intelligence and don’t understand all they know.
    Most of these people are just overachievers with good memories that can regurgitate the information that they have been fed. GIGO while they wait for someone else to figure it out…pg

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