Our planet is huge and it hides so many secrets that even scientists are far from discovering all of them. But, we must say that this is the beauty of Earth. The beauty is beneath what we know. The iceberg theory of Ernest Hemingway points to the fact that fiction highlights only the part of the iceberg that is seen from above the water. But the things that can be found hidden between the lines represent the iceberg’s bulk.
Even if this theory applies directly to literature, we can, as well, link it to our planet, the iceberg being as a metaphor – we know only what’s seen on the surface. The rest is beneath it.
Nevertheless, humanity has been able to discover a lot of curious things about Earth. One of the most interesting natural phenomena is Mount Vesuvius, since it is very old and it has a rich history.
If you have ever wondered if Europe has an active volcano, then we can definitely say yes, it does. And, more than that, it is said to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. This mountain is located in the west of Italy and living in the cities in that area may be risky, since they can always be destroyed by an eruption. However, we hope it will not happen too soon.
One of the most significant eruptions
One eruption of this volcano lasted for about 24 hours and destroyed the Roman cities Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD. More than 15,000 people died. It happened centuries ago, but unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen again in the future.
Scientists say that this volcano dates back to 17,000 years ago. During these thousands of years, there have been eight major eruptions that have destroyed everything near the mountain.
The last one
The last eruption of this volcano happened in 1944. Believe it or not, this phenomenon lasted two weeks and, since the Pompeii Airfield was in the area, 80 planes were destroyed. Luckily, no people were in there.
It may be surprising, but this volcano is very fertile. The period during which it was not active, mainly before 1631, there were forests in the crater and even lakes!
Even if it is very dangerous, the Vesuvius area is now a National Park and people are able to visit it. There are roads and paths there, so if you want to see it, there is a chance!
Luckily, there are technologies that are able to prevent an eruption around 16 days before it happens.
We wonder how many things there are to know more about Mount Vesuvius. Will humanity ever be able to know everything about it?