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Is the 'big one' about to hit Rome? Tremors and volcano's reawakening prompt fears of major quake

The string of earthquakes that hit central Italy over the past two months has sparked fears that the country's capital may be at risk of a "big one" herself.

The series of tremors, all followed by powerful aftershocks, proved the final straw for a number of important architectural landmarks, including the Abbey of Sant-Eutizio in Umbria, and damaged several churches and buildings in the heart of Rome, including the Colosseum

Whilst scientists say there is no risk that Rome will be hit by a "big one", something different may be threatening the Eternal City: a dormant volcano.

Situated on Rome's doorstep, the volcano is showing signs of activity which, combined with the seismic history of the area, would indicate it is slowly reactivating, an international team of scientist said.

While in geological times the eruption would be imminent, it's far away on a human scale, about a thousand years, and there isn't currently any cause for worry.

"...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)


  • Rome has been the center of some terrible things over the millennia,  and has been destroyed more than once.

    It would seem that they might be overdue for another destruction.  The actions of the pope, who seems to be re-branding the entire Catholic faith to appeal to libertarian youths in a desperate attempt to retain membership, can't be helping matters.
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