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Yellowstone isn't the most dangerous volcano; an eruption of Campi Flegrei would force a mass evacuation.

A VOLCANO in Italy has been designated the world's most dangerous supervolcano, with experts warning that even a minor eruption would necessitate massive evacuations.

Campi Flegrei has been designated as the world's most dangerous volcano, surpassing Yellowstone. Campi Flegrei is Europe's only supervolcano, located beneath Naples, Italy, and is also known as the Phlegraean Fields.

Its construction 39,000 years ago resulted in the most destructive eruption in Europe in the last 200,000 years, with lava and debris flung hundreds of kilometres distant.

With three million people living in the adjacent city of Naples, it is the world's most densely populated volcanic zone.

According to one expert, even a minor eruption might result in mass evacuations. An eruption similar to the Plinian eruptions could occur at Campi Flegrei.

The Plinian eruptions occurred in 79 AD, when Mt Vesuvius in Italy enveloped Pompeii, destroying all of its residents.

A similar eruption could occur at Campi Flegrei.

Scientists believe that Yellowstone, the world's most famous'supervolcano,' is not only not 'overdue,' but that if it does erupt again, it will most likely be a minor eruption with minimal worldwide effects.

When compared to the Yellowstone super volcano, Campi Flegrei has the capacity to wreak havoc.

Not Yellowstone (a National Park with a little population nearby) but Campi Flegrei in Italy, which contains one-third of Naples, is currently the most dangerous volcano on the earth (plus several other towns, totalling some 600,000 inhabitants).

Even a minor eruption of Campi Flegrei would necessitate the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents in a timely (and, ideally, orderly) manner, a number that may rise to millions if the eruption evolves into a Plinian-style event.

Volcanoes can show signals of activity before disappearing without causing an eruption. Volcanoes don't erupt just because we think they're due.

Volcanoes erupt when magma is capable of reaching the surface, therefore overdue is a human term.

This isn't always the case: magma might stop at a certain depth, lose gas, cool, and become 'unruptible.'

There are several 'failed eruptions,' which are characterised by the traditional indications of disturbance (seismic, gas release, ground deformation) that precede an eruption but do not occur. This is one of the most difficult problems in current volcanology.

Supervolcanoes aren't necessarily accompanied by massive 'supereruptions.' The majority of their activity consists of modest to moderate eruptions with a limited impact in a small area.