Monte Nuovo

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Monte Nuovo
Highest point
Elevation 458 m (1,503 ft) [1]
Coordinates 40°50′6.2″N 14°05′16.07″E / 40.835056°N 14.0877972°E / 40.835056; 14.0877972Coordinates: 40°50′6.2″N 14°05′16.07″E / 40.835056°N 14.0877972°E / 40.835056; 14.0877972
Monte Nuovo is located in Italy
Monte Nuovo
Monte Nuovo
Location Campania, Italy
Mountain type Cinder cone
Volcanic arc/belt Campanian volcanic arc
Last eruption 1538
Monte Nuovo

Monte Nuovo is a cinder cone volcano within the Campi Flegrei caldera, near Naples, southern Italy. A series of damaging earthquakes and changes in land elevation preceded its only eruption, which lasted from September 29 to October 6, 1538, when it was formed.[2] The event is important in the history of science because it was the first eruption in modern times to be described by a large number of witnesses.[3]

Volcanologists feared another eruption[4] between 1969 and 1984, when there were again earthquakes and changes in land elevations in the area.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Campi Flegrei". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  2. ^ Di Vito, Mauro; et al. (1987). "The 1538 Monte Nuovo eruption (Campi Flegrei, Italy)". Bulletin of Volcanology. 49 (4): 608–15. doi:10.1007/bf01079966. 
  3. ^ Scarth, pp. 43-56
  4. ^ Barberi, F.; Corrado, G.; Innocenti, F.; Luongo, G. (1984). "Phlegraean Fields 1982–1984: Brief chronicle of a volcano emergency in a densely populated area". Bulletin of Volcanology. 47 (2): 175–185. doi:10.1007/bf01961547. 
  5. ^ Del Pezzo, E.; De Natale, G.; Zoloo, A. (1984). "Space-time distribution of small earthquakes at Phlegraean Fields, south-central Italy". Bulletin of Volcanology. 47 (2): 201–207. doi:10.1007/bf01961549. 
  6. ^ Bianchi, R.; Coradini, A.; Federico, C.; Giberti, G.; Sartoris, G.; Scandone, R. (1984). "Modelling of surface ground deformations in the Phlegraean Fields volcanic area, Italy". Bulletin of Volcanology. 47 (2): 321–330. doi:10.1007/bf01961563.