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Release date- 08082014 - Little known volcanoes in one of
Researchers are to assess largely uncharted volcanoes in the
The region's volcanoes, numbering more than 100, are shrouded in mystery. Dates of their last eruptions are mostly unknown and very few have detectors in place to highlight early signs of activity.
The human and financial cost could be huge if any of the volcanoes in the densely-populated and economically crucial area of
Researchers aim to understand past volcanic behaviour, search for signs of current activity and make a long-range eruptive forecast for the region. A recent report for the
The eruption of Nabro volcano on the
The five-year project, focusing on the on the volcanoes of the Main Ethiopian Rift, will be led by researchers from the Universities of
The multi-disciplinary team will collect samples, map the geological record of previous eruptions and deploy geophysical instruments before analysing the data and creating models of the eruptive history, current states of unrest, and computing the likelihood of future eruptions. The team will also work on the best way of communicating their results to the relevant authorities and communities.
'This is the only place on Earth that you can observe a continent splitting apart with the associated volcanoes and earthquakes,' said Dr Edmonds. 'It is also, of course, one of the poorest and least developed areas on Earth, with little access to volcano monitoring and hazard assessment.'
Project co-leader Professor
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