Volcano : Earthquakes And Society Essay

846 Words Nov 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Earthquakes and Society While researching volcanic eruptions that had a major impact on humans, there are many different sizes and outcomes across the earth. One volcano that had one of the greatest impacts to not only the people but, the surrounding town and environment is Mount Vesuvius. Mount Vesuvius can be found on the western coast of Italy and is one of the only active volcanoes in that region.
The fact that the major city Naples and other surrounding cities are within close proximity make Mount Vesuvius one of the most deadly in history. The last eruption in 1944 lasted two weeks with hundreds of minor earthquakes since. This unique volcano will be disused further by the affect it had on the earth, the damages and death tolls, the economic impact and the permanent consequences. Effect on the Earth
Before understanding what affect a volcano will have on the earth you must first look at what is causing the volcano. Mount Vesuvius is located in the Campanian arc. This arc has been created from the Eurasian and African plates converging. Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano which has very step sides and has violent eruptions that not only have large lava flows but shoot large rocks in the air. One major effect that the eruption has on the areas surrounding the volcano is all of the debris and ash that is pushed into the air. This plume of debris blocks solar rays just as clouds do and change the local climate for months after the eruption. The lava flow kills…

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