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Italian volcano research drilling project receives approval

Volcanic activity at Campi Flegrei, Naples, Italy (source: flickr/ leolumix, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 21 May 2012

The Italian Campi Flegrei Deep Drilling project receives approval for a 500m pilot well at an old supervolcano at Naples in Italy for research purposes.

Reported by ScienceInsider, an Italian research project that plans to drill into the heart of a “supervolcano” in the south of Italy has received approval by authorities.

The approval came from the mayor of the city of Naples and is for a 500 meter deep pilot well.

The project called “Campi Flegrei Deep Drilling Project” has been set up by an international consortium of scientists. The project is located at the Campi Flegrei caldera, a few kilometres to the west of Naples. The project was initially put forward in 2009 to drill a 4km deep well, but expected risks put the project on hold.

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Source: ScienceMag