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Stratovolcano 1281 m Italy, 40.82°N / 14.43°E Current status: dormant (1 out of 5) Vesuvius webcams / live data Vesuvius volcano books | Tours Vesuvius volcano eruptions: 1796 - 1822, 1824 - 1834, 1835 - 1839, 1841 - 16 February 1850, 1854 - 1855, 1855 - 1861, 1864 - 1868, 1870 - 1872, 1875 - 1906, 1913 - 4 April 1944 Typical eruption style: Mainly explosive. I detail, Vesuvius has 4 typical types of eruptions: 1. Plinian (such as the 79 AD Pompeii eruption): extremely large explosive eruptions producing several to several tens of cubic km of magma in a very short time. 2. Sub-Plinian explosive eruptions (such as the 1631 eruption). They are similar in style, but smaller than true Plinian events. 3. Strombolian and Vulcanian eruptions (several examples during the 1631-1944 period, e.g. 1906 and 1944). Such eruptions produce local heavy tephra falls, small pyroclastic flows, as well as large fire fountains and lava flows. 4. The smallest, but most frequent type of activity observed at Vesuvius is persistent Strombolian to Hawaiian-style activity that prevailed during much of the period between 1631 and 1944. This activity is usually limited to the central crater, and sometimes to flank vents. Lava flows and lava fountains have been frequently observed during such periods of activity. Last earthquakes nearby
Ash and steam cloud rising from Vesuvius on 12 July 2017 (image: Irpinianews.it)
During the past days, visitors to Naples could have thought that Vesuvius volcano was in plain eruption as a huge plume of smoke and steam rose over the Bay of Naples. ...more
Of course, it was not. Several large forest fires, which with near certainty were deliberately set by criminals, raged uncontrolled through the National Park for several days before Civil Protection could finally declare to have them under control today. Not only destroyed the fires an estimated 100 hectares of beautiful forest, damaged the park's headquarters and many other properties, but also killed countless animals, poisoned the air in the area and led to a gigantic pollution.
Vesuvius, one of the most dangerous volcanoes on Earth, burning because the most dangerous species on Earth, human beings, have set fire to the vegetation on the slopes of the mountain. 11-12 July 2017, photo by Mario Coppola (via Boris Behncke / facebook)
Satellite image of Vesuvius on fire on 12 July (Copernicus Sentinel data, processed by ESA)
These days, Vesuvius is in the news AGAIN, with headlines such as: "Vesuvius Due for Giant Eruption -The next eruption of Europe's biggest volcano could come as early as next year and could be a doozie. ..."
It has been known for quite a while now that Vesuvius in its past has had a number of even more violent eruptions than the one that destroyed Pompeii in 79 AD, including the one now in the media, a Plinian eruption about 3800 years ago, destroying Bronz-Age settlements. But quite like the volcano Vesuvius has its cycles of activity (it's now in a dormant phase), there seems to be a cyclic process in the media that once every so long, Vesuvius must be portrayed as the killer volcano that might blow tomorrow.
The truth is that there is NO indication whatsoever that another big bang is likely to occur in any near future at Vesuvius these days. No reason to panick, no reason to address it with exaggerated headlines.
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A selection of photos of different features: lava flows, lava fountains, lava lakes, fumaroles and more.
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