Monday, June 20, 2016

Picture of the Day: Perfect Rainbow Over Mount Vesuvius

In this perfectly timed (and perfectly placed) photo we see a rainbow that seems to perfectly arch over Mount Vesuvius. Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, about 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore.

Photograph by -yenn- on reddit
Picture of the Day: Perfect Rainbow Over Mount Vesuvius
Photograph by -yenn- on reddit

Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and several other settlements. That eruption ejected a cloud of stones, ash, and fumes to a height of 33 km (20.5 mi), spewing molten rock and pumice at a rate of 1.5 million tons per second. It ultimately released a hundred thousand times the thermal energy unleashed by the Hiroshima bombing. [source]

Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is the only volcano on European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. Today it’s regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3 million people living nearby, making it the most densely populated volcanic region in the world. [source]

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