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Volcanoes May Pose Bigger Risk Than Asteroids

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December 19, 2000
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American Institute of Physics -- Inside Science News Service
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Volcanoes may pose a bigger threat to life on Earth than asteroids, said geophysicists this weekend at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophyscial Union. Scientists also warned that people should remember they are living on and near active volcanic systems, even in the United States.

While a giant asteroid may have wiped out the dinosaurs, modern Earth is at much greater risk from a threat closer to home, said volcanologists this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. “On any given day there are probably 25 volcanoes erupting around the world,” says William Rose, a professor of geological engineering and sciences at Michigan Technological University. Rose says volcanoes pose a bigger threat than asteroids for people around the world, “there are volcanic crises every day, there are not meteorite crises every day.”


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