|Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii|
Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe. The last eruption was in 1944 when 26 people died and experts believe another occurrence is overdue. The next eruption could endanger the lives of 3 million people and destroy the city of Naples. But there will be warning signs like earthquakes and the volcano is now closely monitored for seismic activity.
|Plaster Cast of a Victim of the Eruption|
Today Mount Vesuvius looks peaceful when viewed from nearby towns like Sorrento. It's hard to imagine the destruction another eruption would cause. Hopefully we're better prepared for the next time this volcano erupts because the question is not if, but when, Mount Vesuvius will erupt again.
|View of Mount Vesuvius from Sorrento|
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