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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-00042

Lava flows in February 1850, during the climactic phase of an eruption that began in 1841, are depicted in this painting overrunning a village on the flanks of Vesuvius.  Strombolian eruptions had occurred since 1841.  By February 1845, lava filled the entire 1839 crater.  The February 1850 lava flows issued from fissures on the flanks of a cone that had grown to about 20 m above the previous crater rim. From the collection of Maurice and Katia Krafft.

Lava flows in February 1850, during the climactic phase of an eruption that began in 1841, are depicted in this painting overrunning a village on the flanks of Vesuvius. Strombolian eruptions had occurred since 1841. By February 1845, lava filled the entire 1839 crater. The February 1850 lava flows issued from fissures on the flanks of a cone that had grown to about 20 m above the previous crater rim.

From the collection of Maurice and Katia Krafft.

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Vesuvius