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The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD was one of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in European history . Historians have learned about the eruption from the eyewitness account of Pliny the Younger , a Roman administrator and poet. Mount Vesuvius spewed a deadly cloud of volcanic gas , stone s, and ash to a height
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Mount Vesuvius , also Vesevus or Vesaevus in Roman sources ) is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples , Italy, about 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 summ
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