Living around (and in?) volcanoes

There are a couple article out today concerning volcanoes and the economy, one on the plus side, one on the minus side.

Volcano Buono in Italy near Naples.

First off, nothing like volcanism to get me stoked for buying stuff, eh? Actually, I have to admit, the Volcano Buono mall (yes, mall) in Italy near Naples (and yes, near Vesuvius) is one of the rather more attractive malls I’ve seen in a long time (above). It is designed to look like a volcano – I suppose it looks most like a monogenetic scoria cone, a little out of place for that part of Italy – but its design was based on trying use land as part of the insulating structure (thus all the plants/dirt on the slopes). Well, at least we know that this volcano will erupt … with savings!


In other volcano-economy news, there was a brief mention that people living around Kilauea in Hawai’i are upset that their insurance rates are heading upwards – but its not the insurance company’s fault or the owners fault for living near a volcano, but rather it is the fault of the USGS! Yes, those outdated lava hazard maps are the reason these people have to pay through the nose to live on an actively erupting volcano. Makes sense to me.

{Hat tip to Jesse for the mall story.}


  1. #1 mike don
    September 15, 2009

    Erik; I wouldn’t have said that a monogenetic scoria cone was ENTIRELY out of place for the Naples area..what about Monte Nuovo?

  2. #2 Erik Klemetti
    September 15, 2009

    Excellent point, Mike. I completely forgot about Monte Nuovo!

    They look pretty similar too:

  3. #3 mike don
    September 15, 2009

    Maybe the similarity isn’t mere coincidence, the -architects?- for the mall might have taken it as a “model”. On another tack; I hadn’t realised before the dramatic size of Monte Nuovo’s crater. OK it might be foreshortened by the photo angle, but ground-level photos don’t do it justice.

  4. #4 Dario Leone
    September 16, 2009

    I live in Napoli and….. we have a lot of monogenetic tuff and scoria cones in Campi Flegreii 🙂 All the candera is filled by monogenetic vents 🙂

    But i think Vulcano Buono was built inspired by Vesuvius (cause Vesuvius is the symbol of my city all around the world)

  5. #5 MadScientist
    September 17, 2009

    Well, those folks needn’t worry about the USGS and the HVO; at the rate they’re being funded they won’t be able to support the HVO much longer. I guess their insurance premiums will drop then.

  6. #6 Furkan
    September 23, 2009

    I red an article about Vezuv in National Geographic. According to estimates 300.000 people is in the dangereous place. But Napoli is very nice town

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