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Mount Vesuvius may show its wrath

Mount Vesuvius may show its wrathA geologist has warned travelers to Naples that the threat of a volcanic eruption should not be underestimated.

Francesco Russo is head of the geologists association in Naples and called a press conference on Wednesday (28th January 2009) to voice his concerns.

He said that should Mount Vesuvius erupt, measures currently in place are "inadequate", reports AFP.

Some experts have calculated that there is a 27 percent likelihood that the volcano will erupt in the next 100 years despite the fact that it has remained dormant since 1944.

Mr Russo told the news provider: "Some 600,000 people live in the 'red zone', meaning they would be directly threatened by this type of explosion. But we're not sure we would be able to evacuate them."

Mount Vesuvius is a popular attraction among backpackers who must make their way from nearby hostels on foot to view the natural wonder, which was responsible for destroying the Roman city of Pompeii in AD 79.

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