The strongest of the 34 quakes over 24 hours woke up residents in Pozzuoli shortly before 5.30 this morning. The 2.5 magnitude shock was also felt in Fuorigrotta, Pianura, Quarto and Bagnoli. Francesca Bianco, director of the Vesuvius Observatory, explained there is a yellow alert in place for the mega-volcano in Naples.
Ms Bianco said: “These are events that fall within the current yellow alert.
“Everything is part of the volcano’s life and there is absolutely nothing to be alarmed about.
“The maximum magnitude event occurred at 5.26am at a depth of just over one kilometre in the area south of the Astroni.
“The rest of the events were of magnitude close to one degree and, in any case, it is a matter of micro-seismicity.”
No damage to buildings or injuries were reported.
Vesuvius is located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, Italy, with three million people living nearby.
It is one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes.
The mountain is famous for its eruption in 79AD which led to the burying and destruction of several Roman cities including Pompeii and killed thousands of people.
The explosion sent a cloud of stone, ash and volcanic gas 21 miles into the sky.
The thermal energy released was a hundred thousand times that of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs.
Since then the 4,000-foot volcano has blown its top many times, most recently in 1944, but none have been as powerful.
The volcano is considered one of the most dangerous in the world.