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28/08/13 17:14 CET
A small volcano vent has suddenly appeared near Rome’s International Fiumicino airport.
The geyser-like vent, which is nearly two metres wide, opened up and started shooting out steam and mud over the weekend.
Since then scientists have begun studying the hole, labelling it a ‘fumarole’, an opening in the earth’s crust.
The nearest volcanic activity is more than 12 miles south-east of Rome, where the latest volcanic activity was some 20,000 years ago.
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