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Seismic swarm in Naples

Alarm and fear in Italy


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Also see excellent NASA map of Campi Fiegrei area:

8 Feb 11 - Yesterday, Naples' leading newspaper IL Mattino, reported an
earthquake swarm in the Campi Flegrei near Naples. The main event was a 1.2-magnitude (or maybe 4.8) with its epicenter in Pozzuoli.

I used Google translate to read the above article. It says "4.8-magnitude 1.2." I don't know which number is correct.

Clarification: The first number is the time, says Oliver Masuh. The magnitude was 1.2.

Residents of Pozzuoli and the surrounding area, one of the highest volcanic risk areas in the world, are alarmed and fearful because of antiquated civil defense plans.

They're alarmed, because the Campi Flegrei caldera is an active volcano.

Not only is it active, it is a supervolcano, and its last major eruption took place about 12,000 years ago. That eruption was centered on the town of  Pozzuoli.

Vesuvius nothing more than a pimple

"Although there’s no picture-postcard volcanic cone, hidden beneath the seemingly placid landscape lies a volcano of immense power," says journalist Phil Robinson. "While a new eruption here would be more likely to result in the creation of another Vesuvius-like cone, the worst-case scenario could see it obliterating much of life in Europe."

"Vesuvius, which destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii, incinerating and suffocating thousands, is nothing more than a pimple on the back of the sleeping dragon of Campi Flegrei, an active four-mile-wide sunken volcano."

Now here's my concern.

I've been warning you earthquake and volcanic activity increases tremendously at the beginnings of ice ages, and that those increases recur in a dependable, predictable cycle about every 11,500 years.

Knowing that Campi Flegrei last major eruption occurred about 12,000 years ago ... well, you get the picture.

Let's just pray that I'm wrong.

Thanks to Paolo Polizzy for these links

Long time reader," says Paolo.
        "T H A N K  YOU for spreading the ' Veritas'"






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