Rampant seismic activity could trigger huge earthquake or volcanic eruption in EUROPE


The latest quake came in Greece on Saturday when a 5.2 tremor struck the Mediterranean country.

Italy was also subject to a huge quake earlier this year – taking the lives of 297 people.

And British tourists were gripped with fear earlier this month as a volcano in Tenerife seemed “ready to blow”.

More smaller earthquakes have been felt across Europe – and what is worrying experts even further is that the seismic activity could trigger volcanic eruptions.

He said: “This region experiences normal faulting earthquakes as the land is torn apart.

“The fault systems are short and structurally complex – so the earthquakes are not overly large by global standards.

“But because the earthquakes are shallow, and because many of the local towns and cities contain vulnerable buildings, strong shaking from these earthquakes has the potential to inflict major damage and loss of life.”

To make matters worse, beneath these plates there is a huge build-up of magma.

Dr Fatahi added: “The Eurasian Plate and African Plate both have a very big fault line where they meet somewhere under Italy.

“Below that plate you have got magma…if the fault opens there’s a chance magma will come up.”