Facts:


Mount Vesuvius is a volcano located in Naples, Italy. It is believed to be over 17,000 years old and it is 1,281 metres tall and is thirty miles around the base.It is a stratovolcano because of it's conical shape,It has erupted 50 times over the last 2,000 years, with the most famous of these eruptions being in 79 A.D when it destroyed several Roman settlements. It's last eruption occurred during 1944. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world, with around 3 million people. It is also the only volcano in mainland Europe which has erupted in the last 100 years.

Famous Eruptions:


Mount Vesuvius' most famous eruption occurred in 79 A.D when it destroyed settlements such as Pompeii. The people living around the area had no idea that Vesuvius was a volcano, at the height of the eruption it was emitting 1.5 million tons of lava per second.The eruption lasted over 24 hours. The pyroclastic flows from the eruption can move at 450mph with temperatures of 999 degrees Celsius. 16,000 citizens in the Roman vicinities of Pompeii perished due to hydrothermal pyroclastic flow. The towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were covered in 4-6m (13-20ft) of ash. It erupted during WW2 destroying US bomber planes stationed a few km away.