Mount Vesuvius : An Overview Essay

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Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius is located in Italy more specifically on Italy’s west coast. It overlooks the City of Naples and sits in the crator of an ancient volcano named Somma . Vesuvius is most famous for its 79 AD eruption that destroyed several roman cities’ most famous of which was Pompeii. The city of Pompeii had volcanic ash and pumice rain down on it at a rate of six inches per hour until the city was completely buried within twenty four hours. People who tried to escape the impending doom from the eruption were hit with Pyroclastic flow, searing hot ash and gas, that travelled down the flanks of the mountain. The city remained entombed in ash and pumice for nearly 17 centuries. Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe, Mount Vesuvius has produced some of the region’s largest and most prolific volcanic eruptions as many as twenty four, many of which resulted in a great loss of life and destabilized the region. The last time Vesuvius erupted was on March 14 1944, as seen in the image below. Although the eruption caused no loss of life, it did do a lot of damage to the United States military equipment nearby. The ash was so hot it melted through the canvas on the airplanes and melted some of the instrument clusters. One plane was so heavily weighted down by ash that it tipped over.
Mount Vesuvius is classed as a complex stratovolcano because when it erupts; the eruptions are typically explosive eruptions An explosive eruption is a

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