Monte Nuovo

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


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, during the most recent part of the Holocene, 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.


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