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Underwater Volcano Threatens Italy

Marsili volcano almost two miles tall

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29 Mar 10 - Europe's largest underwater volcano could disintegrate and unleash a tsunami that would engulf southern Italy "at any time,” a prominent vulcanologist warned Monday.

The Marsili volcano, which is bursting with magma, has "fragile walls" that could collapse, said Enzo Boschi, president of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). "It could even happen tomorrow."

"The volcano is active and could begin erupting at any time, (resulting in) a strong tsunami that could strike the coasts of Campania, Calabria and Sicily," said Boschi.

The undersea Marsili, 9,800 feet (3,000 meters) tall and located some 90 miles (150 km) southwest of Naples, has not erupted since the start of recorded history.

It is 44 miles (70 km) long and 19 miles (30 km) wide, and its crater is about a quarter mile (450 meters) below the surface of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

"While the indications that have been collected are precise, it is impossible to make predictions.

"The risk is real but hard to evaluate."

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Thanks to Chad Olivent, Randall Lange, Brad Walton and
Andrew in Scotland for this link

     "How much heat do you think a volcano this size could unleash into the
       water around it...thus causing water warming that would cause more
       evaporation, more clouds, and more precip?" asks Randall. "So Global
       warming is not just caused by Al Gore's hot air...hmmmmm?"

       P.S. says Andrew. "It was snowing on my way to work this morning.
       What a start to British Summertime. Oh well the things we've got to
       look forward to with all this global warming eh?"





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