THE catastrophic earthquake that devastated Italy in 2016 could unleash a dormant super-volcano near Rome with the power to cause widespread destruction.
With desperate rescuers still pulling victims from the rubble, fears are growing the powerful quake could trigger another natural disaster even more deadly.
Located just 19 miles from Rome, researchers say the volcano is potentially more explosive than Mount Vesuvius, which decimated Pompeii in 79AD.
But research shows massive quakes CAN bring sleeping volcanoes back to life, sparking fears Rome’s secret volcano could come back – with apocalyptic consequences.
Although it has not erupted in 36,000 years, analysis of the volcano’s rocks showed it has an eruption cycle of 31,000 years, meaning it is overdue.
New research from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Rome found the land around the volcano has been rising by 2mm a year since 1993.