Mount Vesuvius, Italy: Stunning image of ‘one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet’

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An incredible image of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius peeking out from under cloud cover has been released the Nasa Earth Observatory

The image was captured on January 2 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite. The cloud shows the cone of the active volcano on continental Europe.

Nasa describes Vesuvius as “one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet” as it sits near the Italian metropolis of Naples which has a population of more than 3 million, 800,000 of whom live on the volcano’s slopes.

Joshua Stevens/Nasa Earth Observatory

Mount Vesuvius is one of the most heavily monitored volcanoes in the world. Joshua Stevens/Nasa Earth Observatory

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The composite stratovolcano famously erupted in AD 79, destroying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

The mountain, which is one of the most heavily monitored volcanoes in the world, has had eight major eruptions in the past 17,000 years, the last was on March 17, 1944, which destroyed the village of San Sebastiano.

The satellite Landsat 8 was launched on February 11, 2013, and has a payload of two science instruments – the OLI and the Thermal Infrared Sensor.

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