Every 10 to 12 thousand years, there’s a volcano in the heart of Europe that goes boom. And not just any boom, but a let’s-kill-everyone-with-billions-of-tonnes-of-magma boom that would cover everything in ash from England and Denmark to the north of Italy.
It’s been 12,900 years since the last eruption. The supervolcano is located under the Laacher See, a caldera lake in the Eifel mountain range, 24kms from Koblenz and 48kms from Bonn, the old capital of West Germany.
Scientists are saying that the volcano can go now at any time, although there are no official alerts. They are just watching for now. Seismological activity started in 2010, with the latest movements happening last February, when a series of seven earthquakes ranging from 2.0 to 4.5 magnitude were registered in the area.
The lake has been bubbling since with with carbon dioxide gas that comes from the magma under the lake’s bed. Maybe this is what Europe needs to get out of the Euro crisis.
I wonder what would happen to the world’s weather if this, the deadly Mount Tambora and the Yellowstone hypermegasupervolcano explode at the same time. I can already imagine the 2012 doomsday idiots screaming “I told y*” before getting engulfed in flames. [Daily Mail]