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V is for… Vesuvius


Mount Vesuvius sits just 9 km outside Naples, glowering imposingly over all around.

It is still active and experts believe a massive eruption is due some time soon.  History has shown that the longer there is between eruptions the worst the new eruption is likely to be.  There are around 3.7 million people living in the Naples urban area – a sobering thought.

Here are some views of Vesuvius from Pompeii, a reminder of the AD79 eruption.

For further reading on that famous eruption, take a look at this excellent BBC article and the ever-fascinating blog from the British Museum.

And for anyone in or near London, there is the current Life and Death, Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition, at the British Museum until 29 September 2013.  Booking essential.


Posted as part of Frizztext’s Tagged V ChallengeABC Wednesday and Alphabe Thursday.

7 replies »

  1. Yes, I remember seeing it. Two of my kids were born in the Naval Hospital at Naples and I flew up there on a number of occasions 45+ years ago. I sure hope they don’t have a big eruption.


  2. I was in Pompeii in 2006 and found it fascinating – so much so, that I’d go back in a minute!

    abcw team


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