The “You Sure You Wanna Do That?” Monday Report
Supervolcano Drilling Plan Gets Go-Ahead
You sure you wanna do that?
Technology is awesome! I love having a device in my pocket that only 10 years ago would look like a super hi tech device from a sci-fi movie. Oh it’s just my iPhone, it does everything.
I love seeing all of the latest discoveries as they happen is amazing too. Nanotechnology, the new understanding of our universe and possibly multi-verses are mind blowing.
I love and respect scientist, I believe they have one of the most import jobs in the entire human race.
But sometimes I hear about plans they have that sound like the beginning of a disaster movie.
ROME—A project to drill deep into the heart of a “supervolcano” in southern Italy has finally received the green light, despite claims that the drilling would put the population of Naples at risk of small earthquakes or an explosion. Yesterday, Italian news agency ANSA quoted project coordinator Giuseppe De Natale of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology as saying that the office of Naples mayor Luigi de Magistris has approved the drilling of a pilot hole 500 meters deep.
The Campi Flegrei Deep Drilling Project was set up by an international collaboration of scientists to assess the risks posed by the Campi Flegrei caldera, a geological formation just a few kilometers to the west of Naples that formed over thousands of years following the collapse of several volcanoes. Researchers believe that if it erupted, Campi Flegrei could have global repercussions, potentially killing millions of people and having a major effect on the climate, but that such massive eruptions are extremely rare.