Laacher See volcano (Germany): no reason to think it is going to erupt anytime soon

Mon, 2 Jan 2012, 21:42
21:42 PM | BY: T
Mofettes at the shore of the Laacher See volcano crater lake, showing that the magmatic system beneath the crater is degassing (nothing unusual!). (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Mofettes at the shore of the Laacher See volcano crater lake, showing that the magmatic system beneath the crater is degassing (nothing unusual!). (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
The Daily Mail writes today "Is a super-volcano just 390 miles from London about to erupt?", suggesting that the Laacher See volcano in Western Germany could "erupt any time" and produce a large eruption such as the devastating (but still moderate, not super-volcano at all) Plinian eruption 11,900 years ago.
Unfortunately, what the Daily Mail writes, is more dark fantasy than anything else. There is no scientific background to assume that an eruption in a foreseeable future could be in the making in this area.
To read more and why, please have a look at the brilliant post about it on Dr. Erik Klemetti's Eruptions Blog.
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