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Volvanic vent appears near Rome airport

27.08.2013 From our online archive
A small volcanic vent has appeared close to Rome's Fiumicino airport, prompting geological analyses to find out whether it is linked to volcanic activity in the area.

(CS) A small volcanic vent has appeared close to Rome's Fiumicino airport, prompting geological analyses to find out whether it is linked to volcanic activity in the area.

The geyser, spewing steam, water and mud, appeared over the weekend at the end of one of the airport's runways. The nearest volvanic system, the Alban Hills, is located around 20 kilometres outside Italy's capital.

While there has been no eruption in tens of thousands of years, the Alban Hills are still classified as active.

Whether the crater in Rome, which measures around 1.8 metres in diameter and just under a metre in depth, is related to volcanic activity or has a different underlying cause, such as trapped gas, is not yet known.

With many hot springs around Rome, the vent could also simply be linked to these. Analysts were also investigation whether the crater could be manmade, and, for example, created by a burst pipe.

The airport has not been affected by the geyser, as the phenomenon was judged to be limited in scope.