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Italian 'Super Volcano' May Threaten Millions: Scientists plan to drill deep below Romans'...
Newser ^ | Monday, August 06, 2012 | Rob Quinn

Posted on 08/06/2012 7:54:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

A hidden "super volcano" near Pompeii threatens an eruption that could make Vesuvius look like a picnic, scientists warn. The Phlegraean Fields zone of intense seismic activity -- which the ancient Romans believed was the gateway to hell -- could doom millions of people in the Naples area if it erupts, Reuters reports. Scientists plan to drill more than two miles below its surface to monitor any signs of a pending eruption in the huge chamber of molten rock, but some experts fear that the drilling itself could trigger an earthquake or eruption.

Areas like the Phlegraean fields "can give rise to the only eruptions that can have global catastrophic effects comparable to major meteorite impacts" like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs, says the chief of the drilling project. The drilling, he says, will increase by up to 10,000 times "our ability to detect small episodes that are precursors of future eruptions." He considers those who fear the drilling "ill-informed," noting that projects seeking sources of thermal energy sent down dozens of less secure probes decades ago without incident.

(Excerpt) Read more at newser.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs; italy; phlegraeanfields; pompeii; volcano

full title: Italian 'Super Volcano' May Threaten Millions: Scientists plan to drill deep below Romans' 'hell gateway'.
Sulfur emerges from the Phlegraean Fields, a zone similar to the Yellowstone caldera, but much more heavily populated.

Italian Super Volcano May Threaten Millions

1 posted on 08/06/2012 7:54:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Pompeii Ping.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 08/06/2012 7:58:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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3 posted on 08/06/2012 7:58:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I hope they don’t hit a pocket of magma while drilling that deep - they may unplug it and set it off.


4 posted on 08/06/2012 8:01:34 PM PDT by BobL (Cruz'd to Victory - July 31, 2012)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ba-DOOM-Ba!


5 posted on 08/06/2012 8:04:34 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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To: BobL

Doesn’t sound too bright to me, Drilling into the thing could set it off as opposed to the drilling giving them a warning before it goes off. If they do get the warning, how the hell do they expect to move Millions in a short enough time to save them.


6 posted on 08/06/2012 8:07:44 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: BobL

Move Over, Pompeii [Nola buried between 1800 and 1750 B.C.]
Archaeology, Volume 55 Number 2 | March/April 2002 | Jarrett A. Lobell
Posted on 08/10/2004 10:03:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1188762/posts


7 posted on 08/06/2012 8:08:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: shaggy eel

Soooo is your local volcano still erupting?


8 posted on 08/06/2012 8:10:18 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1294 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: SunkenCiv
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9 posted on 08/06/2012 8:10:18 PM PDT by Sax
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To: SunkenCiv

Cool stuff, thanks SC. I’m sure you remember the Athens subway - every time they took a scoop of dirt they ran into a new find. Some very cool history over there.


10 posted on 08/06/2012 8:14:53 PM PDT by BobL (Cruz'd to Victory - July 31, 2012)
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To: SunkenCiv
Well....

It's Always Something. (IAS)

11 posted on 08/06/2012 8:17:05 PM PDT by blam
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To: Venturer

The evacuation would kill off half of ‘em.


12 posted on 08/06/2012 8:17:15 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: BobL

The drill hole would seal itself unless the whole thing was ready to erupt anyway.


13 posted on 08/06/2012 8:18:32 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: SunkenCiv; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

We’re all gonna die.


14 posted on 08/06/2012 8:18:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Venturer

Maybe the Doctor will save them!

That’s an inside joke about a “Doctor Who” episode called “The Fires of Pompeii.”


15 posted on 08/06/2012 8:21:21 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SunkenCiv
My neighbor from New Zealand just alerted me to these two new eruptions:

Two New Zealand Volcanoes Have Erupted In The Last 24 Hours

16 posted on 08/06/2012 8:31:59 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
Wonder if BP is going to be doing the drilling, just wondering.
17 posted on 08/06/2012 8:33:26 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: steve86

“The drill hole would seal itself unless the whole thing was ready to erupt anyway.”

I have to believe that’s the case. The Italians are not idiots (I’ve worked with them) and I doubt they’ll do something that will take out one of their major cities.


18 posted on 08/06/2012 8:33:58 PM PDT by BobL (Cruz'd to Victory - July 31, 2012)
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To: SunkenCiv

Well, considering Pliny the Elder went over in a small boat to watch Vesuvius erupting and then lost his life doing so, maybe sometimes a guy thinks he knows what he is doing, but...

“Oh, I’ll be okay, I can watch it from over here:)”


19 posted on 08/06/2012 8:40:46 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Revolting cat!

How can it threaten without arms to wave dramatically?


20 posted on 08/06/2012 8:43:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Scientists plan to drill more than two miles below its surface to monitor any signs of a pending eruption in the huge chamber of molten rock, but some experts fear that the drilling itself could trigger an earthquake or eruption."


21 posted on 08/06/2012 9:25:05 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: SunkenCiv

drilling has caused eruptions before.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/sci/tech/7699672.stm


22 posted on 08/06/2012 9:30:35 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: SunkenCiv

23 posted on 08/06/2012 9:39:44 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Kartographer

"Scientists plan to drill more than two miles below its surface to monitor any signs of a pending eruption in the huge chamber of molten rock, but some experts fear that the drilling itself could trigger an earthquake or eruption."


24 posted on 08/06/2012 9:42:49 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SunkenCiv

Drilling down into a magma pool? Here, hold mah beer.


25 posted on 08/06/2012 10:17:53 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obamaid has to go.)
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To: Mike Darancette

Hold-a my wine and-a watch-a dis!


26 posted on 08/06/2012 10:40:08 PM PDT by CtBigPat (Free Republic - The grown-ups table of the internet.)
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To: SunkenCiv
A hidden "super volcano" near Pompeii threatens an eruption that could make Vesuvius look like a picnic

One as impressive as this simile? That's quite a spread. /s

And come on, everyone knows that the threshold of hell is Clark Griswold's house at Christmas.

27 posted on 08/06/2012 10:54:39 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Revolting cat!

We’re DOMED!


28 posted on 08/07/2012 8:33:06 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Tagline, tagline. Who's got my tagline?)
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To: Venturer

” noting that projects seeking sources of thermal energy sent down dozens of less secure probes decades ago without incident.”

My Uncle was very involved in that project. It was around Yellowstone.


29 posted on 08/07/2012 8:33:44 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sir Richard and Tom Hanks are ready to go!

30 posted on 08/07/2012 10:10:12 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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31 posted on 08/07/2012 2:58:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Drilling overheated, under-extreme-pressure magma, in an area prone to explosive and deadly eruptions.....

..... what could POSSIBLY go wrong???!?

32 posted on 08/07/2012 3:01:04 PM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: Lazamataz
Drilling overheated, under-extreme-pressure magma, in an area prone to explosive and deadly eruptions.....

Ya forgot probably H2S or worse present.

33 posted on 08/07/2012 3:50:38 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Lazamataz
..... what could POSSIBLY go wrong???!?

You are such a nattering nabob of negativism. Now let's pop some corn and watch.

34 posted on 08/07/2012 4:47:40 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: blam

North American fracking is to blame.


35 posted on 08/07/2012 6:24:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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In their favor, they seem to have 4000 years of history of bouncing back.


36 posted on 08/07/2012 6:25:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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