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Volcanology: Europe's ticking time bomb


Vesuvius is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world — but scientists and the civil authorities can't agree on how to prepare for a future eruption.

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Katherine Barnes is a freelance writer in London.

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Barnes, K. Volcanology: Europe's ticking time bomb. Nature 473, 140–141 (2011).

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