Sonic boom not the sound of Vesuvius erupting

by Joe on Oct. 09th, 2008

Mount Vesuvius and Naples
Mount Vesuvius and NaplesCourtesy Mark Wales
Residents of Naples had thoughts of Pompeii flashing through their minds yesterday when Italian F-16s flying nearby created sonic booms while flying to intercept a nearby unidentified aircraft. Residents jammed the phone lines to the city's eruption hotline.

Several million people live in areas that could be affected by Vesuvius, making it one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.

Geologists predict that at least 300,000 people would be killed should Vesuvius erupt without ample warning for evacuation. A recent computer simulation used to model an eruption shows that residents to the south of Vesuvius, in the direction of Pompeii and Herculaneum, will have little chance to survive a blast like the one that buried these towns in 79 AD.

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Anonymous says:

this is awsome!!!!!

posted on Sat, 11/08/2008 - 2:47pm

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