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Mounts Vesuvius and Etna, Italy

37.7N 14.9E

December 9th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Italy - November 17th, 2009

Italy - November 17th, 2009

Two volcanoes are visible near the coast of Italy, Mount Vesuvius by the city of Naples (upper left quadrant) and Mount Etna in Sicily (below image center).

Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano on the coast of the Bay of Naples, about nine kilometres (six miles) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. The height of the main cone has been constantly changed by eruptions but presently is 1,281 m (4,202 ft).

Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. Taller than Mount Vesuvius, it currently stands 3,329 metres (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) lower now than it was in 1981. Here, its peak is capped with snow, while the summit of the lower Mount Vesuvius is not.

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