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Mount Vesuvius: Not Just Another Volcano

Quick Facts

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Quick Facts

Cool facts you probably didn't know about Mount Vesuvius 

 

  • Height: 42,000 feet
  • Base: 48 km (30 miles)
  • Age: 17,000 years old
  • Location: Southern Italy, Naples   40.82 N, 14.43 E
  • Type: Stratovolcano
  • Eruptions: Over 50 eruptions, most famous in 79 A.D.
  • Last eruption in 1944 during WWII
  • Eruptions have a pattern of occurring about every 20 years
  • Eruption the destroyed Pompeii lasted 19 hours
  •  4 cubic kilometers of ash was erupted into Pompeii
  • Emerged from Mt. Somma 17,000 years ago
  •  Volcanic Arc/Belt: Campanian volcanic arc
  • Oldest rock from Mt. Vesuvius is 300,000 years old
  • Scientifically, volcanoes have only been studied for the past 200 years.  The oldest observatory of all live volcanoes is Mount Vesuvius

For a closer look on the concerns the people of Italy have about Mt. Vesuvius follow this video link
 
 
By: Christina Sabatino