Vesuvius - the destroyer of Pompeii
Posted by: Mr Echo
N 40° 49.126 E 014° 25.590
33T E 451635 N 4518797
Quick Description: Mount Vesuvius is a volcano east of Naples, Italy. It is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years, although it is not currently erupting.
Location: Campania, Italy
Date Posted: 9/12/2009 6:08:17 PM
Waymark Code: WM776Y
Vesuvius is on the coast of the Bay of Naples, about nine kilometres (six miles) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. It is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It wasn´t clear to the people, that they were living close to a volcano. The information of previous eruptions thousand of years ago was lost and therefore so many people lost there life.
It has erupted many times since and is today regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people now living close to it and its tendency towards explosive eruptions.
A volcano generally is an opening, or rupture, in the Earth's surface or crust, which allows hot, molten rock, ash and gases to escape from deep below the surface. Volcanic activity involving the extrusion of rock tends to form mountains or features like mountains over a period of time.
Volcano Type: Cinder Cone
Volcano Location: Continental (subduction zone)
Year of most recent activity: 79
Caldera Visible?: yes
Crater Visible?: yes
Geyser/Hot Spring Visible?: no
Lava Flow (Moving) Visible?: no
Cone Visible?: Not Listed
Lava Dome Visible?: Not Listed
Lava Flow (Not Moving) Visible?: Not Listed
Vent or Fumarole Visible?: Not Listed
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