By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 07, 2022) – In Issue 2022-068 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, a look at a historic volcanic eruption.


The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in April of 1906 destroyed much of the city of Naples, killed over 100 people and ejected the largest amount of lava ever in the volcano’s many recorded eruptions.

The most notable eruption of Mt. Vesuvius was in 79AD when the city of Pompeii was destroyed.  It has remained a very active volcano with many small and medium sized eruptions over the centuries.

The last rumbling was in 1944 when the 10 days of activity included flowing lava and an ash plume. 

Vesuvius is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted in the last century.

Although visitors can go to the mountain’s summit, it is considered one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes because of the violence of its eruptions and the densely populated areas around it.

Here is de Wit’s 1680 map of southern Italy, with Naples and Mt. Vesuvius towards the upper left.

Italy -1680 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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