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Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius

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Before Watching

  1. On a map of Italy, have students locate Mt. Vesuvius, Naples, and the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Use the map's scale to determine the distance from Vesuvius to these cities. Ask students to explain why they think communities settle near active volcanoes. What are the hazards and benefits?

  2. Review with students how a volcano differs from an earthquake. Have students explore the crust, mantle and core layers of the earth and what each is made of.

After Watching

  1. Italy's Ministry for Civil Protection is developing a massive emergency evacuation plan for the communities surrounding Mt. Vesuvius. Ask students to think about natural hazards faced by their community. What would they do to prepare for such an emergency? Every state has an Emergency Management Agency (EMA) that assists communities in developing plans for coping with natural hazards. Class members can select a natural hazard (such as a flood or hurricane) and, as a group, write to their state's EMA to learn about local plans.

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Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius
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