Italy’s Sleeping Supervolcano May Be Stirring
It’s alive … again. A massive supervolcano has been dormant beneath Naples for 500 years, but scientists warn it could be reawakening. Campi Flegrei began showing worrying signs of activity in 2005, and a new study suggests it’s reaching critical levels, putting the three million Italians in the Naples area at risk. Scientists think this caldera may have started a “volcanic winter” causing the extinction of Neanderthals around 40,000 years ago — but they note that current activity may not result in eruption, and predictions at this point are virtually impossible.