“Then the stars of the sky fell to the earth like green figs falling from a tree shaken by a strong wind. The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places. “Then everyone—the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person—all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains.”
I recently learned about the supervolcano near Naples, Italy. According to Reuters, the area near Naples and Pozzuoli, the Phlegraean Fields, has “risen by 3.5 m (3.8 yards) in 15 years, the most since medieval times”. This area is the site of an eight-mile wide caldera with one million people living within it. An eruption here could take a million lives, but would also have a global impact, affecting climate and more.
According to another article, forty volcanoes are located here and a fishing village, Pozzuoli, is largely uninhabitable as buildings crumble:
“In Pozzuoli, a town just north of the city, the walls of the terra-cotta villages are falling down. The earth has risen and dipped more than 11 feet in the last decade, destroying roads, a hospital, and thousands of homes. Small tremors are common. On the outskirts of town, fields of boiling mud and dramatic sulfur spouts known as the Solfatara are a constant reminder that Naples sits on the Campi Flegrei caldera, or cauldron, one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes.” (Read more from TheDailyBeast.com.)
Yellowstone National Park is also located near multiple calderas from supervolcanoes. The ground has swollen dramatically in recent years in Yellowstone, but scientists aren’t concerned because the magma is at a depth of 6 miles (10 km) below the surface. (See National Geographic News) Just imagine the destruction by the evidence of the size of these calderas:
- Yellowstone Caldera – about 34 by 45 miles (55 by 72 km)
- Henry’s Fork Caldera – at 18 miles by 23 miles (29 by 37 km) the rim is visible from many locations in the park
- Island Park Caldera – about 58 by 40 mi (93 by 64 km)
According to creationists, volcanic activity was part of Noah’s Flood. These huge eruptions, therefore, occurred thousands of years ago (not millions). These areas show continued thermal activity from these more recent eruptions. Wouldn’t they have “gone cold” by now if these supervolcanoes were millions of years old?
Read some of my posts below for more thoughts on how volcanic eruptions may be also a part of the Bible’s predicted Last Days.
- Volcanoes and the Fifth Trumpet of Revelation 9
- Islands Can Form Rapidly
- Incredible Photos of Iceland’s Volcanic Eruption
- God Moves Mountains in Japan
- More posts on volcanoes and earthquakes on this site.
- Do Volcanoes Come in Super-Size? (Institute for Creation Research)
- Supervolcanoes and the Mount St. Helens Eruption (Institute for Creation Research)
NOTE: The image of Mt. St. Helens after the 1980 eruption is in the public domain.