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Clip #: TFA-45A
Library: TFA Network
Filmmaker: Eugene Castle
lava explosion destruction fire molten Italy Naples Mt Vesuvius smoke
Pompeii excavations ruins soldier with rifle children running burning forest town shoveling lava dust bulldozer soldiers men carrying madonna shocked faces stricken crowd buildings crumbling woman carrying mirror orphans devastation
Vesuvius is on the coast of the Bay of Naples, about nine kilometres (six miles) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. It is conspicuous in the beautiful landscape presented by the Bay of Naples, when seen from the sea, with Naples in the foreground. Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It has erupted many times since and is today regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people now living close to it and its tendency towards explosive eruptions. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world.
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