Around Vesuvius


Vesuvius Area Vesuvius is surrounded by about 3 million people, which includes about one million living in the city of Naples. Naples is also surrounded by the Phlegrean Fields on the west which pose another volcanic treat.

Via Liberta in Portici Via Liberta in Portici is only 5 kilometers from the crater of Vesuvius, with the population density of about 15,000 inhabitants per square kilometer. In the event of an emergency people will most likely panic because they will feel of being trapped.

Family Bronzuto The family Bronzuto lives in Ercolano and from their terrace have a splendid view of the volcano. There are many buildings like this one abusively constructed by speculators too close to the volcano.

Torre del Greco Torre del Greco is the largest city of the Vesuvius area, with about 104,000 inhabitants. It was destroyed several times after the Pompeii eruption in 79 and the last time in 1794 when the lava flow reached the sea, 7 kilometers from the crater. The town shown in the background was built on this lava after 1794.

Herculaneum Herculaneum was covered with more than 10 meters of pyroclastic debris during the 79 eruption. About 5,000 people lived in this resort town and most apparently escaped. The town was rediscovered by chance in 1711, but it was not until 1738 that the Bourbon King Charles II initiated the excavation. The view from the sea shows that some part of the town is still buried under the modern town of Ercolano (white buildings in the background).

Pompei The Greco-Roman town of Pompeii was buried under several meters of pyroclastic flows and tephra during the 79 eruption. It too was rediscovered by chance and Charles II ordered excavations in 1748, when it became hard to loot for treasure in the ruins of Herculaneum. Pompeii was a very prosperous commercial town of about 20,000 people where many Romans adopted the Greek culture. This view of Vesuvius was taken from the ruins of the forum.

Scientific American Frontiers In 1994 the crew of Scientific American Frontiers (host Allen Alda) came to film our Vesuvius activities. This picture with Allen was taken on the edge of the southern crater rim of the volcano. The view is towards Torre Annunziata and the sea.

Societe Radio canada The Canadian Broadcasting Company, Societe' Radio Canada, came to film GVES activities in the Vesuvius area and produced a 15-minute documentary called "Le Vesuve" for world-wide distribution. Shown in this picture are Flavio Dobran and Giuseppe Luongo with the television crew on Vesuvius.

Newsweek In 1998 Ron Norland from Newsweek Magazine came to the Vesuvius area and was guided to the crater by Flavio Dobran, Ida Mascolo, and some students from I.T.C. Sturzo (Castellammare di Stabia). The view is towards Naples.

Liceo Plinio Seniore Students from Liceo Plinio Seniore (Castellammare di Stabia) photographed in 1997 at the top of the crater. Their teacher, Lina Costanzo, on the right wears a red coat

Giorgio Giorgio (on the left) was born in Torre del Greco and vividly remembers the last eruption in 1944. He is well educated about the possible consequences of an eruption and says that he will leave for Sardenia at the first signs of the unrest of Vesuvius.

Milani Rosi Linda from S.M.S. Colamarino (Torre del Greco) and Anna Ibello from S.M.S. Don L. Milani (Portici) are seated in front of their students during the visit of the New York Times Television in 1997. This program is being shown on the learning channel in the United States.

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