Scientists discover magma chamber under Taipei

Over 7 million people in northern Taiwan could be affected in the event the Tatun volcanoes erupted

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/02/21
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A researcher at Academia Sinica has discovered a magma

Lava tube in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.(By Wikimedia Commons)

chamber beneath a large swath of New Taipei, signifying that the Tatun volcano group (TVG) in the area could be active, though there are no signs of an imminent eruption.

Lin Cheng-horng (林正洪), a researcher at the Academia Sinica’s Institute of Earth Sciences, has concluded in a study published in the journal Nature that there is a magma chamber 20 kilometers beneath the Wanli and Jingshan districts of New Taipei.

He reached his conclusion late last year after analyzing data from 40 seismic monitoring stations positioned around the TVG over the course of three years.    [FULL  STORY]

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