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Darwin Awards candidate: Italy begins drilling into super-volcano that, if erupts, could kill millions

 
MartianPrincess

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Darwin Awards candidate: Italy begins drilling into super-volcano that, if erupts, could kill millions
What could possibly go wrong? popcorn

August 4, 2012 – ITALY – Across the bay of Naples from Pompeii, where thousands were incinerated by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, lies a hidden ‘super volcano’ that could kill millions in a catastrophe many times worse, scientists say. The boiling mud and sulphurous steam holes of the area west of Naples known as the Campi Flegrei or Phlegraean Fields, from the Greek word for burning, are a major tourist attraction. But the zone of intense seismic activity, which the ancients thought was the entrance to hell, also could pose a danger of global proportions with millions of people literally living on top of a potential future volcanic eruption. ‘These areas can give rise to the only eruptions that can have global catastrophic effects comparable to major meteorite impacts,’ said Giuseppe De Natale, head of a project to drill deep under the earth to monitor the molten ‘caldera.’ Benedetto De Vivo, a geochemist at Naples University, has said the drilling could cause an explosion.

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08/04/2012 12:51 AM
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Re: Darwin Awards candidate: Italy begins drilling into super-volcano that, if erupts, could kill millions
A fucking LOT could go wrong.


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BRING IT!!!!!!!

DARWIN AWARD OF THE MILLENNIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Re: Darwin Awards candidate: Italy begins drilling into super-volcano that, if erupts, could kill millions
Who's the bigger Darwin award winner here:

the genius who thought of drilling near where Vesuvius once blew its top in a massive, epic eruption or the ones who said, "hey remember that Spanish flu bug that killed off like 3% of the world population in 1918? Why don't we revive it? Nothing will happen, it's perfectly safe!"



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08/04/2012 01:00 AM
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Re: Darwin Awards candidate: Italy begins drilling into super-volcano that, if erupts, could kill millions
I thought the media only did sensationalism. You shouldn't have cut off the article at that point. Make sure you read the rest of it. All of it. There doing it to put in sensors for vesvius that yes if it went up could kill millions.
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Re: Darwin Awards candidate: Italy begins drilling into super-volcano that, if erupts, could kill millions
I thought the media only did sensationalism. You shouldn't have cut off the article at that point. Make sure you read the rest of it. All of it. There doing it to put in sensors for vesvius that yes if it went up could kill millions.
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And the OP quoted from a blog too!! How's that for original reporting?
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Re: Darwin Awards candidate: Italy begins drilling into super-volcano that, if erupts, could kill millions
I thought the media only did sensationalism. You shouldn't have cut off the article at that point. Make sure you read the rest of it. All of it. There doing it to put in sensors for vesvius that yes if it went up could kill millions.
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And the OP quoted from a blog too!! How's that for original reporting?
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Had to add that the blog post didn't even have all of the article either from Reuters. The part they cut off was


"De Natale says there will be no risk of an escape of magma because the molten chamber is at 7-km depth or lower and sensors will give ample warning of temperatures that reach 1,000 degrees C at the molten core.

"We will stop everything if we detect temperatures at 500 degrees...we can close the top of the drilling hole hermetically in a fraction of a second," he said.

Local people are divided on whether the drilling could be dangerous.

"There is a risk that the drilling can lead to a shift of the earth's surface and if that happened, rather than helping to predict future problems, they will be creating them," Pozzuoli student Marco Laporta said.

Many are more sanguine. "Back in the 1980s they said we would all be blown up and we weren't," pensioner Luigi Bruni said."
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Lol! Ohmygod nooo...not from a blog! Because the CNN/ABC/NBC/FILLINTHEBLANK logo automatically means verity. Here, if it makes you happy you can google and find the exact same article on r*euters (can't post it here)

And I am familiar with the situation since 2010 when the initial drilling was halted by the mayor. The ground there has been moving for a long time and they're wanting to drill into an active volcanic cauldron with the intent to measure seismic activity, with local scientists believing this could potentially trigger an explosion. Is the idea ludicrous? Those in charge of drilling believe so. I don't think it impossible that the integrity of the caldera could be potentially compromised. It could start with a small tremor and set off a horrible chain of events. Did you know that the Campi Flegrei caldera is considered one of the most dangerous in the world? It's also much, much bigger than Vesuvius.
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Remember this?

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