Dangerous threat as Supervolcano in Italy with swarm of thousands of earthquakes has residents concerned


Important Takeaways:

  • ‘Be prepared for all outcomes’: Inside the saga of a supervolcano that’s waking up
  • The most dangerous volcanic threat in Italy right now is one you’ve probably never heard of: Campi Flegrei, or the Phlegraean Fields.
  • More than 500,000 of the locals live in what Italy’s civil protection agency has deemed a “red zone,” an area encompassing 18 towns that’s at highest risk in the event of an eruption. An additional 3 million residents of Naples live immediately outside the eastern edge of the caldera, according to the civil protection agency.
  • Seismic activity in the area has been intensifying since December of 2022
  • The entire volcanic zone is also experiencing a surge in earthquakes that has rattled nerves and sent residents seeking safety out into the streets.
  • So far in 2023 Campi Flegrei has recorded more than 3,450 earthquakes, 1,118 of which occurred in August alone. This is more than triple the previous year’s total, according to INGV’s data. More than 500 earthquakes occurred in October, the strongest of which hit 4.0 magnitude, followed by a dozen aftershocks.
  • “We can’t yet say for sure what will happen. The important point is to be prepared for all outcomes.”

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