Awakening super-volcano in Germany

A sleeping super-volcano in Germany is showing worrying signs of waking up, says this article by Ted Thornhill.

Lurking just 390 miles from London beneath a lake near Bonn (30 km), Laacher See erupts every 10 to 12,000 years, says Thornhill. It’s been 12,900 years since the last eruption.

Some scientists are saying that the volcano can go now at any time, although there are no official alerts. They are just watching for now. Seismological activity started in 2010, with the latest movements happening last February, when a series of seven earthquakes ranging from 2.0 to 4.5 magnitude were registered in the area.

The lake has been bubbling since with with carbon dioxide gas that comes from the magma under the lake’s bed. Maybe this is what Europe needs to get out of the Euro crisis.

“Volcanologists believe that the Laacher See volcano is still active as carbon dioxide is bubbling up to the lake’s surface, which indicates that the magma chamber below is ‘degassing’.”

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