Campi Flegrei – what it is like to live with a supervolcano

Campi Flegrei videoCampi Flegrei is an educational film depicting the complex realty of the volcanic area of Campi Flegrei, near the city of Naples in Italy.

Suggestive images from Solfatara crater and Pisciarelli fumaroles act as background to interviews with researchers of Osservatorio VesuvianoINGV, the institution which carries out the volcanic surveillance of the Neapolitan volcanic areas.

The film includes details about the complex surveillance network monitoring Campei Flegrei. There are also scenes from the surveillance centre.

This UPStrat-MAFA video production also looks at the links between volcanism and the history of the area which was first inhabited by Greek communities and then by Romans.

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Campi Flegrei supervolcano in Italy awakening

Fumarole and crater walls inside active vulcano Solfatara, Campi Flegrei supervolcano, ItalyThe long dormant Campi Flegrei supervolcano in Italy may be waking up.

Scientists have published a study in the journal Nature Communications showing that Campi Flegrei is approaching the CDP (Critical Degassing Pressure). This is a sign that suggests the volcano is approaching a critical state and could erupt in the next few years.

The scientists led by Giovanni Chiodini of the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Rome warn that a sudden release of hot magmatic gasses is possible in the near future, which could trigger a large eruption. Yet the timing of any possible eruption is unknown and is currently not possible to predict.

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