Pompeii volcano to erupt again in two weeks, experts say
pompei, tucana – Pompeii will erupt again on March 6 and 7, as it did in July, when a giant volcanic eruption led to the death of a tourist, experts have warned.
The eruption of the volcano in the Tucana region in southern Italy’s Tuscany province is the first time since 1883 that the volcanic dome has not been completely shut down, said Italian Institute of Volcanology (IVV) director Carlo Sestati.
The region’s volcanologists have been monitoring the latest ash plumes for the past week, and the next eruption is expected on Monday, he said.
A group of local residents in the town of Tuglia, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Pompeii, told local news channel Il Sole 24 Ore (The Local) that they had seen smoke and ash plume reaching the sky on Monday.
The volcanic dome was closed down at 1:30am local time on Tuesday, but the area is still not fully evacuated, said a spokesman for the Italian Civil Protection.
Italy’s Civil Protection said on Tuesday that it had sent an aircraft to the area and had dispatched helicopters to evacuate people from Tugla.
Sestati said that if the ash ploys were successful, the next time Pompeii erupts it would be more powerful than any of the previous eruptions.
Volcanic activity is a common phenomenon around the world and can lead to massive ash plagues, especially during the winter months.
On Wednesday, the Italian news agency ANSA reported that a fire broke out in Tuglia, where the volcano was located, and that there were reports of damage to buildings and cars.
The volcano has had three eruptions in the past decade, the most recent in March of this year.
On June 25, 2014, a massive eruption killed a tourist on a tourist beach in the northern region of Tuscana, the town where the volcanic activity is believed to have started.