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800,000 people at risk from future Vesuvius eruption

'Red zone' extended around dangerous volcano

18 January, 12:53
800,000 people at risk from future Vesuvius eruption

(ANSA) - Rome - Italy's civil protection agency has extended the area potentially at risk from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Gulf of Naples.

The new 'red zone' covers 24 municipalities instead of the previous 18 and the Neapolitan districts of San Govanni a Teducci, Barra and Ponticelli.

These areas should all be evacuated in the event of an eruption and are home to a total of 800,000 people. Located just 9km east of Naples, Mount Vesuvius is best known for the AD 79 eruption that led to the burying and destruction of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

It has erupted many times since then and is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the large number of people living around its cone.