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Vesuvio is quiescent since 1944 and currently shows no signs of an imminent reawakening. This is the longest repose period at this volcano since the 17th century, and a future eruption is expected to be the most violent since the catastrophic, explosive reawakening of the volcano in 1631 after 500 years of repose. Numerous recent studies have been devoted to the probable impact of a strongly explosive eruption and Civil Defence issues, based on the deposits of past eruptions in human environments, and computer simulation of pyroclastic density currents, the most hazardous volcanic phenomenon to be expected in a new eruption (e.g., Spence et al., 2004 ; Cioni et al., 2008).

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