Designed by a volcanologist Vesuvius Volcanopedia is your complete pocket guide to Vesuvius, the most famous of all historically active volcanoes. It provides the current status of the volcano, descriptions and interactive maps of its major eruptions, and illustrated outlines of its influence on human history. (from December 2018 similar information for the other Italian historically active volcanoes Campi Flegrei, Etna, Stromboli and Vulcano is gradually being added)
- webcam image of Vesuvius
- current estimated probability of eruption of Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei from INGV
- your location relative to Vesuvius (summit crater) and Campi Flegrei (Solfatara)
- whether you are you in the Vesuvius or Campi Flegrei Red or Yellow Hazard Zones
- latest updates of Timeline articles
- interactive map of the major historical lava flows and pyroclastic deposits
- interactive map of the Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei Hazard Zones
- 10 km radius circle around Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei
- terrain or satellite base map
- map of other Italian volcanoes which have been active during the growth of Vesuvius
- descriptions of the major eruptions of Vesuvius including the volcanic events, areas affected, casualties and damage and the historical context, with maps of deposits, historical photographs and images
- descriptions, historical photographs and images of events, people and places associated with Vesuvius from Bronze Age settlements and the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, through the 18th century Grand Tour discoveries in science and art, to modern tourism and eruption monitoring.
- the night-time seismometer detects any phone movements while you sleep which may be earthquakes. Possible earthquakes are identified when two or more phones within a defined area detect movement at the same time.
- find out if any earthquakes occurred within 10 km of Vesuvius or Campi Flegrei during the night
- find out if earthquakes affected you during the night
(this feature is experimental and requires many more users to determine if it will work..)
For visitors Vesuvius Volcanopedia provides considerable depth and breadth of information that will enhance the unique and fascinating experience of walking by the crater and talking with the guides. It also provides unparalleled situational awareness, just in case Vesuvius starts to re-awaken.
For residents around Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei, who live with the threat of an eruption every day, Vesuvius Volcanopedia provides awareness of the volcano alert status, their location relative to potential hazards, and knowledge of what has happened before.
The information used by Vesuvius Volcanopedia has been compiled from publicly available sources and is subject to continuous improvement. Corrections and suggestions for new features are welcome.
*Note: The app will ask permission to use your device location. This is required to determine whether you are in a volcanic hazard zone and your proximity to possible volcanic vents. Your location is not stored outside your device for these purposes. However, it is stored for three days on a remote server in order for the experimental seismometer to work, but without any information that could identify you. It is recommended that you grant location permission but if you do not wish to participate in the seismometer experiment you may turn it off in Settings.