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A second (and much more violent) geyser-like fumarole or mudvolcano recently appeared off shore near Fumiciono, approx. 100 meters out from the beach in the area where the new port of Rome is being built. It is an underwater vent that produces fountains of upwelling sediment-rich water driven by strong degassing from the sea floor: ...more
Samples have been taken and the main gasses found were CO2 and methane. The origin of the new gas vents is far from clear. While a volcanic cause cannot be completely excluded and is being widely speculated upon, it is far more likely, that decaying sediments are to blame. The area where the two mudvolcanoes appeared is in the delta of the Tiber river, that has accumulated large amounts of (human) waste for about 3000 years (including the garbage of the Romans). [less]
What appears to be a new fumarole appeared near Rome's International Fiumicino airport Saturday morning. A vent producing small geyser-like fountains of steam, water and mud suddenly opened in the ground near a road crossing near Fiumicino. ...more
Geologists are currently examining the phenomenon. It is still a bit unclear whether it is not a man-made accident caused by a broken pipe or similar (which might well be the case). As La Repubblica statess, first inspections however indicate that ii is in fact a new natural vent. Obviously, there are also already some speculations whether it could be related to volcanic activity. The nearest possibly still active volcanic system in the area is the Monti Albani, an old but possibly not yet extinct volcanic complex located 20 km SE of the capital. Its last known activity there took place about 20,000 years ago. [less]
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One of the world's most famous volcanoes looming over the City of Naples
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