October 27, 2011
A previously dormant South American volcano is inflating with astonishing speed, scientists have discovered.
Researchers from several U.S. universities say Uturuncu, which rises 6,000 meters in southwest Bolivia, is blowing up like a big balloon as its magma chamber grows around 10 times faster than normal.
‘It’s one of the fastest uplifting volcanic areas on Earth,’ said Oregon State University professor, Shan de Silva.
‘What we’re trying to do is understand why there is this rapid inflation, and from there we’ll try to understand what it’s going to lead to,’ said de Silva in an interview with MyAmazingPlanet.