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Vesuvius volcano, Italy: news & activity updates

Updated: Oct 2, 2022 06:17 GMT-
Tue, 26 Mar 2019, 07:10
Current earthquakes at Vesuvius
Since about Oct last year (2018), the number of registered micro-quakes under the volcano seems to have increased. Small swarms of tiny quakes have been reported more frequently in various media and can be seen on the published data of the volcano observatory. Read all
Fri, 14 Jul 2017, 11:58
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. Read all
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Vesuvius volcano
Stratovolcano 1281 m
Italy, 40.82°N / 14.43°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) 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.

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