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The rumble and groaning of the earth as it starts to boil and roll. A cloud of dark ash that spread wherever the wind takes it. Bright, and extremely hot molten rock flowing down the hillside. These are just a few of the markers that explain a volcanic event, and none are large than the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This is in remembrance, of that very location, and the destruction that has been caused by Mount Vesuvius.

History of Vesuvius Day

The Mount of Vesuvius is most widely known for it’s eruption in 79 A.D. It was this very eruption that killed over a thousand souls, and destroyed the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and a number of other, smaller settlements. Mount Vesuvius has erupted many times since, being regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world due to the large population living nearby.

Being only 9 km from Naples, it is that very area being one of the most highly populated volcanic areas on the planet, being hope to over 3,000,000 people. The tendency towards explosive, or Plinian, eruptions also factors into that title.

The large cone at the top, or summit, was formed by the collapse of an earlier mountain structure, originally much higher than the summit is now. This, along with Mount Vesuvius’ active status as a volcano, makes it a dangerous, if beautiful, site to be around.

How to celebrate Vesuvius Day

Celebrating a day marked with so much death and destruction can be a sensitive thing, however there are a few ways to do this. Watching a documentary on Mount Vesuvius, or on any of the many locations destroyed is a way to remember it.

Or you could make a model volcano and make it erupt, just like the science fair projects of your youth. One could always go and look up what was lost in Pompeii, or how the mountain is made safer in the event of a future eruption. Visiting Mount Vesuvius is, of course, possible, as in 1995 the entire mountain was declared a national park.

Italian authorities are very carefully monitoring the volcano, and make many attempts and watch very many different things about Mount Vesuvius in order to protect those nearby. Despite the dangers, Mount Vesuvius is a beautiful area to visit, with the entire mountainside, and even inside the crater is filled with shrubbery and various plants.

So take a trip, if you can, and enjoy good Italian cuisine, and see one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world on this year’s Vesuvius Day.