mount vesuvius


an active volcano in SW Italy, near Naples. Its eruption destroyed the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum a.d. 79. About 3900 feet (1190 meters). Unabridged
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Vesuvius (vɪˈsuːvɪəs)
Italian name: Vesuvio a volcano in SW Italy, on the Bay of Naples: first recorded eruption in 79 ad, which destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae; numerous eruptions since then. Average height: 1220 m (4003 ft)

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Mount Vesuvius [(vuh-sooh-vee-uhs)]

Volcano, in southwestern Italy on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Note: It is the only active volcano on the mainland of Europe. (Another, Mount Etna, is on the island of Sicily.)
Note: One of its earliest recorded eruptions, in a.d. 79, buried Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae under cinders, ash, and mud.
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