Empedocles Volcano

Not by Fire but by Ice


Updated 26 Jun 06


Massive underwater volcano discovered off Sicily  


16 Jun 06 – Italy’s largest underwater volcano has been discovered just off 
the shores of Sicily, a scientist with Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and
Vulcanology said Thursday. 

The volcanic structure was named Empedocles after the Greek philosopher who named the four classic elements of earth, air, fire and water.

Giovanni Lanzafame, who works at the institute and led the research, said Empedocles was at least 400 meters (1,300 feet) high . Its base is 30 km (18.6 miles) long and 25 km wide -- larger than Washington , D.C. Empedocles has numerous fumaroles, and although it is considered active, it is largely inactive. 
"At this point, there's no imminent danger of an eruption," said Lanzafame.

Volcanic activity at Empedocles has raised the submerged volcanic island 
of Ferdinandea just off Sicily's southern coast out of the sea several times 
in recorded history, with underwater eruptions first described during the 
first Punic War of 264-241 B.C.

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And Dan Hammer
And Ken
And Tom Weatherby

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It's not global warming, it's ocean warming (caused by underwater volcanoes)




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