It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world.
now called Vesuvius." It was inhabited by bandits, "the sons of the Earth," who were giants.
With the assistance of the gods he pacified the region and went on.
The facts behind the tradition, if any, remain unknown, as does whether Herculaneum was named after it.
Vesuvius as seen from the ruins of Pompeii, which was destroyed in the eruption of AD 79.
The active cone is the high peak on the left side; the smaller one on the right is part of the Somma caldera wall.) is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, about 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore.
It is one of several volcanoes which form the Campanian volcanic arc.Vesuvius consists of a large cone partially encircled by the steep rim of a summit caldera caused by the collapse of an earlier and originally much higher structure.Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and several other settlements.That eruption ejected a cloud of stones, ash, and fumes to a height of 33 km (20.5 mi), spewing molten rock and pulverized pumice at the rate of 1.5 million tons per second, ultimately releasing a hundred thousand times the thermal energy released by the Hiroshima bombing.Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years.Today, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living nearby and its tendency towards explosive (Plinian) eruptions.