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Volcanic Vent Opens, Spews Steam Near Rome's Airport: VIDEO


A new geyser opened over the weekend near the perimeter fence of Rome's Fiumicino airport less than 1000 yards from the end of a runway, the Telegraph reports:

Spectators gathered around the smoking crater, which measured about six feet wide and three feet deep, before firefighters and vulcanologists arrived to seal off the roundabout to prevent inhalation of the gas, suspected to be a cocktail of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and methane. Tests are now underway. While initial reports suggested the gas came from rotting organic matter trapped underground, one expert said volcanic activity was more likely.

“From Mount Etna in Sicily up to the Alban hills around Rome there is a good deal of underground volcanic activity,” Alberto Basili, a seismologist at the Italian National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology, told the Daily Telegraph.

Watch the vent hiss and spew, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. We are all better off knowing this. A sink hole might be more current.

    Posted by: MB | Aug 27, 2013 12:04:49 PM

  2. How could the hellmouth miss the vatican?

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 27, 2013 12:10:28 PM

  3. "...Spectators gathered around the smoking crater..."

    what excellent darwin award winners they would make if hot poisonous gas, water, whatever blew up in their faces

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 27, 2013 12:12:54 PM

  4. I wonder what certain groups of people will come up with to blame this on Obama.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 27, 2013 12:20:52 PM

  5. Whoa!! Fascinating yet scary at the same time. I wonder if it has the potential to grow? Like that volcano in Mexico that started off as a small crater in a corn field or something? But grew over the years to a towering mountain of volcanic activity. Nice catch, Andy.

    Posted by: MickyFlip | Aug 27, 2013 1:57:38 PM

  6. It looks like the beginning of a sci-fi disaster movie- "Volcano Italiano!"

    Posted by: jarago | Aug 27, 2013 5:22:35 PM

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