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A photograph of the erupting Mount Vesuvius with clouds and smoke in the background and Naples in the foreground.

View of an eruption column (or plume of ash and gas) from Mount Vesuvius, as seen over the rooftops of Naples, Italy, mid March, 1944 (Photo by George Rodger/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)