Will Vesuvius Erupt? Three Million People Need to Know

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Science  26 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5445, pp. 1685-1687
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5445.1685

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Since Roman times, the Bay of Naples and the adjacent Campanian Plain have been considered to be attractive travel destinations. But the region has also been the site of devastating volcanic eruptions, most notably that of 79 A.D., which destroyed Pompeii. Today, close to 3 million people live in the closely spaced volcanic areas around Naples. Historical and geological records and seismic monitoring networks are now providing insights into the patterns of volcanic activity and may help mitigate the hazards of future eruptions.