Volcano alert as massive underground eruption could wipe out Melbourne and Auckland
Professor Richard Arculus fears the catastrophic event could strike not just bustling Melbourne, but the city of Auckland in New Zealand, too.
He made the terrifying findings from research by Melbourne’s Monash University, which which has identified an ancient volcanic field existing in the city.
The study analysed an “intra-plate basaltic volcanic field” in the south east of Australia, while a similar field has also been found in Auckland.
The New Zealand city sits on or near around 53 volcanos, while Melbourne is surrounded by 400 small volcanos spanning six millions years.
The 400 sprouts near Melbourne stretch from the city all the way to Mount Gambier to the west, where the most recent eruption took place 5,000 years ago.
Prof Arculus warned that new eruptions could take place at spots where volcanos may not even have previously existed.
A chilling video was previously created as part of research into the effect of volcanoes in Auckland.
It simulated the view of an eruption in the sea from a home in the city, as a massive explosion sent thick black ash and rubble towering into the sky.
A huge wave then hits the coast and obliterates everything in its path as it engulfs the land.
New Zealand is at high risk of a volcanic eruption as it sits on the dreaded “Ring of Fire” that engulfs the Pacific Ocean.
This is a horseshoe-shaped belt running around the Pacific where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.
About 90% of all earthquakes occur here, with the ring being home to 75% of all the active volcanoes on earth.
On Boxing Day 2004, a catastrophic quake struck off the northern Indonesian island of Sumatra and triggered a massive tsunami across the Indian Ocean.
It killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.
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