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Vesuvius: A Threat Subsiding?

Science  19 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5542, pp. 495-497
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5542.495a

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NAPLES, ITALY-- People living in the shadow of Vesuvius, the volcano that so famously buried the Roman town of Pompeii, may be able to sleep a bit easier. New satellite data, some experts say, suggest that the small earthquakes that shake the region almost daily are not harbingers of an imminent eruption. Rather, they occur because the central part of the volcano's crater is sinking at a rate of several millimeters per year.