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Mofettes aan de oever van de Laacher See vulkaan kratermeer, waaruit blijkt dat de magmatische systeem onder de krater wordt ontgassen (niets bijzonders!). (Foto: Tobias Schorr)
Monday, Jan 02, 2012
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. ... [meer...]

Laacher See vulkaan

caldera 407 m
Germany, 50.42°N / 7.28°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
Laacher See vulkaan boeken | Tours
Last update: 26 Mar 2019
Typical eruption style: Pliniaanse uitbarstingen, interactie tussen hete magma en water, hydrothermale explosies
Laacher See vulkaanuitbarstingen: 10900 B.C. - 9191 B.C.The Laacher See lake in Germany (photo: Tobias Schorr)
TijdMag. / DiepteAfstandLocatie
Tue, 16 Apr 2019
Tue, 16 Apr 19:03 UTCM 0.5 / 13 km3 kmAndernach/Lkrs. Mayen-Koblenz/RLP (Germany)
Tue, 16 Apr 19:03 UTCM 0.3 / 12.5 km4 kmNickenich (RP) (Germany)
Mon, 15 Apr 2019
Mon, 15 Apr 07:35 UTCM 1.0 / 11 km16 kmKobern-Gondorf/Lkrs. Mayen-Kob./RLP (Germany)
Mon, 15 Apr 07:35 UTCM 0.8 / 11.7 km16 kmKobern-Gondorf (RP) (Germany)
Tue, 9 Apr 2019
Tue, 9 Apr 04:39 UTCM 0.9 / 12 km19 kmBad Neuenahr-Ahrw./Lkrs. Ahrw./RLP (Germany)
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Laacher See or Laach Lake (in English) is a crater lake or more exactly a caldera lake in the Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, situated close to the cities of Koblenz, Mayen (11 km), and Andernach (14 km). It fills a volcanic caldera in the Eifel mountain range, the only caldera in Central Europe. It is part of the area of the "east Eifel volcanic field".


The caldera of Laacher See was formed after the Laacher volcano erupted, between 12,900 and 11,200 years ago. The remaining crust collapsed into the empty magma chamber below, only two or three days after the eruption. With an estimated Volcanic Explosivity Index value of 6, this eruption was 250 times larger than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. Remains of this eruption can be found all over Europe and is often used for dating of sediments. A number of unique minerals, like Hauyn can be found in the region, and quaries to mine the stone as a building material.

The Laacher is still considered to be an active volcano, proven by seismic activities and heavy thermal anomalies under the lake. Carbon dioxide (CO2) gas from magma still bubbles up at the southeastern shore (mofettes), and scientists believe that a new eruption can happen at any time, which, today, would be a disaster beyond all description.

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