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NOVA: The Next Pompeii

Airs Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV + Sunday, Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

View of Campi Flegrei, Vesuvius on the background. Italy

Credit: Courtesy of WGBH

Above: View of Campi Flegrei, Vesuvius on the background. Italy

In the shadow of Italy’s Vesuvius, a lesser-known volcano rumbles: Campi Flegrei.

An eruption could endanger the millions of residents of the city of Naples.

Scientists gain new insights into what happened in nearby Pompeii, and dig into the unique geology of Campi Flegrei on NOVA "The Next Pompeii."

Photo credit: Courtesy of WGBH

Chris Jackson, Rosanna D'Arienzo and Berardino Bocchino collecting gases from Vesuvius crater.

How will they know if the ever-shifting ground is reaching a breaking point?

And can an innovative eruption warning system prevent Naples becoming the next Pompeii?

Related Article: Drone Monitoring of Volcanoes Could Improve Warning Times by Fatima Husain

NOVA: The Next Pompeii: Preview

In the shadow of Italy’s Vesuvius, a lesser-known volcano rumbles: Campi Flegrei. If it erupts, millions of lives could be at risk. Scientists explore its unique geology and develop a warning system that could prevent Naples becoming the next Pompeii.

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Photo credit: Courtesy of WGBH

Kevin Dicus, University of Oregon, holding a 2000 year-old bread. Professor Dicus’ primary interest is the archaeology of Italy during the mid-to late-Republican period.

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