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Listed under Volcanoes in Naples, Italy.

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This is one of history's most infamous volcanoes, thanks to the eruption in AD 79 that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum and shook the Roman Empire. It is a volcano best visited in its dormant state, though not all eruptions are as destructive as its most famous event. You should not only visit the volcano (you can drive and then walk to view the summit crater) but also the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Near Naples is the Campi Flegrei, a large caldera with fumaroles fields, also worth visiting. Best times to visit are Spring and Fall. The Naples area is very hot and crowded during the summer. Winter can bring snow to Vesuvius and turn the area cold and bleak. The most pleasant city near Vesuvius is Sorrento. Avoid staying in Naples, a crowded city with a high crime rate, though its museums are worth seeing

Written by  Rosaly Lopes.

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This is probably the worlds best known volcano. As well as visiting Pompeii and seeing the damage a volcano can do to a city, Vesuvius is an impressive backdrop for any trip. It’s also relatively easy to get to, you can drive up to within 200 metres o… Read more...

Written by  Hamish Holl.


Vesuvius used to erupt regularly but has been quiet since its last eruption in 1944. This is the famous volcano that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D. and thus is a must-see for volcanophiles as well as anyone interested in history. The ruins… Read more...

Written by  Mike Lyvers.

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An explosive eruption at Vesuvius could claim 16,000-20,000 lives without proper monitoring and mitigation."""

Honestly i think that 20'000 deaths is a very optimistic number.

As you can see in my first photo and in a google earth image, within the area of potential piroclastic flows, live more than 600'000. It is not a joke.

Second problem is: people continue to built new houses around the volcano.

Third problem is: There is an evacuation plan, but...... streets are not ready for it! 600'000 people is a tremendous number and it is impossible to evacuate them in 2 weeks. And the most part of people don't want to leave their houses.

And this is the first problem :)

The second and the bigger is not Vesuvius...... But an eruption o Campi Flegrei.

The projected areas effected by ash fall seen on the map is based on the 79 A.D. eruption's deposits. But Other plinian eruptions showed that the usual deposit area is directed more in the direction of E - NE.====

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