Scariest Science News Story of the Year Award: Supervolcano near Mt. Vesuvius Could Kill Millions
Italian scientists say a massive eruption of the hidden Campi Flegrei caldera near Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the site of ancient Pompeii could potentially endanger millions of lives. Of course, they could be bolstering their case for funding and publicity for the International Continental Scientific Drilling Programme project to drill 2.2 miles underground into the center of the caldera, home to a giant chamber of molten rock. Once they've reached the chamber, they plan to install a monitoring system that would give advanced warning of any potentially dangerous eruptions.
Wait a minute! Here in Hollywood, it would be the drilling into the caldera that sets off the volcanic eruption.