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2010-04-28 06:05:00

The biggest threat to the safety of Italian citizens is Mount Vesuvius, which could pose a risk to over a million people if it were to erupt, the country's public safety minister said on Tuesday. "Vesuvius is the biggest public safety problem there is in Italy, because entire towns lie in the area of the volcano and would be invaded by an eruption," Guido Bertolaso told reporters during a news conference yesterday. "For the time being the volcano is quiet, but we know very well that the day...

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2009-04-22 14:24:27

The always-active Mount Vesuvius remains to be one of the world's most closely monitored volcanoes, according to experts. Vesuvius lies on the coast of the Bay of Naples, just east of Naples in Italy. It is most widely known for its eruption some 2000 years ago that resulted in the demolition of Pompeii and Herculaneum, claiming the lives of 10,000 to 25,000 people. But even today, sitting some 4,200 feet above the bay, the active volcano represents a threat to nearby cities. "Vesuvius is one...

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2009-01-29 07:15:00

Mount Vesuvius has not erupted for the past 65 years, but a geologist warned it continues to remain a threat to hundreds of thousands of people living near the southern Italian city of Naples. "Vesuvius is a very dangerous volcano," Francesco Russo said in Rome. "According to some statistics, there is a 27 percent chance of an explosive eruption in the next 100 years." With so many people potentially at risk, Vesuvius is under close surveillance, with seismographs and a satellite. The...

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2008-09-11 10:00:00

French geologists reported Wednesday that the pool of magma feeding the Italian volcano that wiped out Pompeii in 79 AD has shifted during the past two millennia. The discovery could help with predictions of future eruptions, the researchers said. Vesuvius is located in southern Italy near Naples, the country's third largest city and one of the world's most densely populated volcanic areas.  Its crater is 4,200 feet above and 13 miles away from the city.  Scientists had previously...

2006-03-06 17:00:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The preserved footprints and abandoned homes of villagers who fled a giant eruption of Mount Vesuvius 3,800 years ago show the volcano could destroy modern-day Naples with little warning, Italian and U.S. researchers reported on Monday. The eruption buried entire villages as far as 15 miles (25 kilometres) from the volcano, cooking people as they tried to escape and dumping several feet (metres) of ash and mud. New...


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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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