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Transcript of Mount Vesuvius
By Ruby Mejia & Erika Magann
Mount Vesuvius is located west coast of Italy, overlooks the Bay and City of Naples. The volcano sits in the crater of the ancient Somma volcano and is the only active volcano in mainland Europe. Mount Vesuvius is also considered the most dangerous volcano in the world because of the 3 million people living above a subduction zone. Under the subduction zone there is a African plate.
On August 24, 79 AD Mount Vesuvius literally "blew its top", spewing out tons of molten ash, pumice and sulfuric gas miles into the atmosphere. A firestorm" of poisonous vapors and molten debris engulfed the surrounding area suffocating the inhabitants of the neighboring Roman resort cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae. Tons of falling debris filled the streets until nothing remained to be seen of the once thriving communities. The cities remained buried and undiscovered for almost 1700 years until excavation began in 1748. These excavations continue today and provide insight into life during the Roman Empire
Plans to Prevent
You can't prevent the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius because it's an active volcano but the volcano is the most monitored volcano in the world. The monitoring of Vesuvius is widespread and takes many forms. Sensors and instruments on the volcano itself detect seismic activity and gas emissions and satellite imagery is also used. The volcano is constantly monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from the observatory on the volcano itself, while there are also remote locations which can provide full assistance in the event of a major incident requiring evacuation of the on-site observatory. It used to be possible to visit the observatory, but it has been closed since early 2014 for renovation
Europe's Ticking Time Bomb
Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano meaning that it will erupt again. The volcano has been eerily dormant since a small eruption in 1944 but soon, avalanches of molten ash, pumice and gas roar down the slopes of the volcano, pulverizing buildings and burying everything in their path. Almost overnight, a packed metropolis becomes a volcanic wasteland.
Mount Vesuvius is most famous for the eruption in 79 AD which destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum
Why We Picked Mount Vesuvius
We picked Mount Vesuvius because we heard about it and we wanted to know more. It was interesting because of the interesting eruption known as Pompeii in Europe.
We found mount Vesuvius very interesting and fun to research because of its fascinating history. It was very amusing to read more about Pompeii