Living next door to danger: assessing the emergency plans for Mount Vesuvious and Guagua-Pichincha volcanoes

Howard, Rachel (2007) Living next door to danger: assessing the emergency plans for Mount Vesuvious and Guagua-Pichincha volcanoes. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Several of the world's greatest natural disasters have been caused by volcanic eruptions; but their fertile soils and picturesque scenery have for centuries drawn people to their slopes. It is unsurprising then that today, the large Southern Italian city of Naples and the capital city of Ecuador, Quito, both lie on the flanks of active volcanoes. Both Mount Vesuvius, Italy, and Guagua-Pichincha, Ecuador, have erupted in the twentieth century but still over four million people live in danger on the flanks of these volcanoes. With such a potentially large loss of life, it is vital that there are effective emergency evacuation plans in place in the event of an eruption. This study concludes that although the city of Naples has developed a plan, it is seriously flawed. The city of Quito has not yet developed a plan, underestimating the chaos that would ensue following an eruption of Guagua-Pichincha. Education is required in both cities for the people to understand the dangers and potential effects an eruption would have on their cities and their lives, and for the authorities in each city to be prompted into action.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/472

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