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Mount Vesuvius on the Coast of the Bay of Naples, Italy – March 20th, 2010

40.8N 14.2E

March 20th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy - February 18th, 2010

Italy - February 18th, 2010

Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano east of Naples, Italy, visible in the lower right quadrant of this orthorectified image. It 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 the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. It is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and the death of 10,000 to 25,000 people.

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 living nearby and its tendency towards explosive (Plinian) eruptions. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world.

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