Mt. Vesuvius: living in the danger zone of one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes

Mt Versuvius
A view of towns located near Italy’s notorious Mt. Vesuvius volcano, as seen from space. credit NASA
January 5, 2013 ITALY This was the view out the International Space Station’s cupola on Jan. 1, 2013, around 09:37 UTC, looking nearly straight down the gullet of Italy’s Mt. Vesuvius. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Just a little more than 1,900 years ago, it blew its top in the most famous volcanic eruption in recorded history. About 16,000 people lost their lives that day due to pyroclastic flow—searing hot ash blasting outward from the stratovolcano’s maw. The volcano has erupted many times since then, including in the 20th century. Got that? It’s still active. The last major eruption occurred in 1944. Now take another look at that photo, and let the volcano’s surroundings settle in to your mind. It sits just a few kilometers from Naples, and more than half a million people live in the volcano’s red zone—where destruction from a big eruption would be swift and brutal. That’s why volcanologists consider it the world’s most dangerous volcano. Given all we’ve learned about volcanoes in the past few decades, I hope scientists would be able to give people a few days’ warning about an eruption. Science, after all, saves lives. I have to admit, the ISS photo makes it clear how incredibly beautiful that area is and how wonderful it must be to live there. And, not to coin a cliché, I’ll admit: I’d love to visit, but I’d certainly not want to live there. –Slate
                                                       20th Century rage:  Mt. Versuvius eruption of 1944
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10 Responses to Mt. Vesuvius: living in the danger zone of one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes

  1. Stefan says:

    Amazing pic. Also an amazing place to live….


  2. Irene C says:

    Yes it is beautiful and yes I would love to visit – but, on the other hand, it looks the the mouth of hell sitting in the middle of paradise. Personally, I don’t think I would want to live there. But then again, every part of the world has the possibility of some natural disaster.


    • klaus says:

      Just came back from the Sorrento, don’t know what u call paradise, the place is so crowded with people and very dirty. Crime and corrution has taken over the City of Naples. Been up to Vesuvius now in a 4X4 Bus and a 15min walk and realiesed that all the people close by have no way to go due to very bad road’s and no new inferstructior.


      • nick says:

        Are you serious? Sorrento is lovely. It’s not overcrowded and littered with rubbish like Naples is. I think you’re confusing the two.


  3. mshyde says:

    Amazing shot, but i wouldn’t want to live near a volcano..


  4. Piara says:

    brilliant by the way does anyone know how many people live near mt vesuvius


  5. Bob says:

    Great Article. Nice touch with the video about Vesuvius.


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