Vesuvius, A.D. 79: The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum
In A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius exploded in a hail of volcanic rock, sending clouds of fine ash and deadly gases over surrounding towns and farms and burying every trace of life. Two thousand people in nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum died within hours. The authors present an account of the seismic and volcanic activity leading up to this cataclysmic event, as well as a detailed description of the eruption itself and its aftermath.
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Backdrop for the Eruption
Portentous Events between A D 62 and 79
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ancient approximately archaeological August 24 barrel vaults beach began bodies discovered Bottaro buildings caldera Campania caused century A.D. characterized city of Pompeii coastal coastline collapse Cone of Vesuvius continuous crater created deposits discovery dormancy earthquake Effusive Explosive emission emitted eruption of 1631 eruption of A.D. eruption of Vesuvius eruptive column event excavations explosive eruption flee fragments fresco gases Herculaneum House human bodies identified inhabitants kilometers lapilli Lararium Lattari Mountains lava flows layer located magma meters Misenum Naples Nuceria numerous occurred Oplontis passage period phase phenomena photo G Plinian Plinian eruptions Pliny the Elder Pliny the Younger Pompeian Pompeii Pompeii and Herculaneum Pomponianus population probably pumice pyroclastic flows pyroclastic materials pyroclastic surges rain of pumice reconstruction region road Sarno River scoria shelter slopes of Vesuvius Somma Somma-Vesuvius Sommer Stabiae Strombolian structures Sub-Plinian summit surface surge temperature territory Terzigno Varano Vesuvian coast victims violent volcanic conduit volcanic edifice