Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-01520
This photograph of Vesuvius looking east across the Bay of Naples depicts the major eruption of April 1872. A vigorous eruption plume rises from the summit crater and ash plumes also rise from a NW flank fissure that fed a lava flow that traveled far down the W flank, overrunning several villages. Steam also rises above another lava flow below and to the right of the summit. This eruption began with lava effusion in December 1870.
Photo courtesty of Roberto Scandone (University of Rome).