Geophysics: Magnitude 3 earthquake at Vesuvius

An earthquake occurred on Monday evening in the area surrounding the volcano Vesuvius and the southern Italian city of Naples.

Geophysics: Magnitude 3 earthquake at Vesuvius

An earthquake occurred on Monday evening in the area surrounding the volcano Vesuvius and the southern Italian city of Naples. The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology put the magnitude of the quake at 7:08 p.m., which was also felt in several districts of Naples, at 3.0 in the evening. Initially, nothing was known about any injuries or major damage. On social networks, residents reported tremors lasting several minutes.

According to the Naples-based research center, the epicenter was on the slopes of the volcano, in a densely populated area not far from the city to the east. It was registered at a depth of 2.9 kilometers. The 1,281 meter high Vesuvius is the local mountain of the city with more than 900,000 inhabitants. It also dominates the Gulf of Naples. A smaller earthquake of magnitude 1.4 had already been registered on Saturday evening.

Last eruption 80 years ago

The volcano's last eruption was almost 80 years ago to the day: it began on March 18, 1944 and lasted ten days. Despite the evacuation of more than 10,000 people, there were 26 deaths. In 79 AD, after several eruptions of Mount Vesuvius, ash, mud and lava buried the ancient city of Pompeii. The complex is now one of the most visited attractions in Italy.

Actually, another earthquake zone in the densely populated region is considered dangerous, the Campi Flegrei, literally translated: the Burning Fields - a total area of ​​150 square kilometers that extends both on land and in the sea. There was a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in the sea there on March 3rd.

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