11 Facts About Mount Vesuvius


Mount Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is the only volcano on Europe's mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years.

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Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano and was formed as a result of the collision of two tectonic plates, the African and the Eurasian.

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Mount Vesuvius is the only one to have erupted in recent history, although some of the others have erupted within the last few hundred years.

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Since 1750, seven of the eruptions of Vesuvius have had durations of more than five years; only Mount Etna has had as many long-duration eruptions in the last 270 years.

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Mount Vesuvius is still regarded as an active volcano, although its current activity produces little more than sulfur-rich steam from vents at the bottom and walls of the crater.

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Mount Vesuvius'storians have learned about the eruption from the eyewitness account of Pliny the Younger, a Roman administrator and poet.

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Mount Vesuvius's nephew attempted to resume a normal life, but that night a tremor awoke him and his mother, prompting them to abandon the house for the courtyard.

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Mount Vesuvius continued in his light ship to the rescue of Rectina's party.

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Mount Vesuvius set off across the bay but, in the shallows on the other side, encountered thick showers of hot cinders, lumps of pumice and pieces of rock.

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Mount Vesuvius's body was found with no apparent injuries on the next day, after dispersal of the plume.

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The summit of Mount Vesuvius is open to visitors, and there is a small network of paths around the volcano that are maintained by the park authorities on weekends.

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