VESUVIUS ERUPTS August 24th, 79 AD
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Vesuvius One of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world
SEE FOR YOURSELFâ€Ś Here you will read about the time of the events, the eye witness accounts, the aftermath and the facts.
It all started when the area around Vesuvius started violently shaking with a 5.8
Herculaneum, which kills any residents that were still there. At 5am, an even hotter surge
magnitude earthquake on August 24th, 79
then before literally buries Herculaneum. The
AD. Then at 8am, small eruptions began happening. Nothing too major. On 1pm,
people who did not escape, could not breathe in the thick cloud of ash, so they
Vesuvius erupted with tremendous power. A black cloud rose 20.5 miles into the sky and
died. At 6:30 came a even stronger pyroclastic surge. It reached Pompeii but the
started engulfing Pompeii. At 3, the volcano
town walls didnâ€™t allow it to pass.
showed no signs of slowing down. Hardened lava begun hailing over Pompeii. At 1:30am
Unfortunately, the walls did not hold up long enough and the surge reached the town.
the next day, mud flows begin to make there way to the town of Herculaneum. There was
Toxic fumes and ash swept over the remaining people and they were almost
so much debris that it was reaching the top
instantly killed. At 8am, the strongest surge
stories of buildings. At 4am, the pyroclastic flows start. The first one goes to
hit Pompeii. Along with a storm. Even the tallest buildings were burned to the ground. Vesuvius
Did You Know?
This volcano is considered one of the most dangerous in the entire world. It’s a stratovolcano and its also active. Although it has had no recent activity.
This is what people saw before death. An ash cloud engulfing them
From the people who were there… Pliny the younger, (Gaius Caecilius) A Roman author and poet who
really did. Not long after, tons and tons of lava and ash were being thrown out
witnessed this catastrophe has written “Ashes were already falling, hotter and
of the volcano. It was petrifying. The sun was completely gone. All I saw was
thicker as the ships drew near, followed by bits of pumice and
a giant black cloud of ash. We were racing as far away as possible
blackened stones, charred and cracked by the flames . . .
from the cloud trying to engulf us. Somehow, we managed to get
Meanwhile on Mount Vesuvius broad sheets of fire and leaping
away from it. Later, we learned that many people stayed at the
flames blazed at several points, their bright glare emphasized by the darkness of night” Also, a young girl by the name of
area thinking the eruptions were minor, and many others didn’t
Shelie Fishman has told us “It was insane, we were just all
because of the toxic fumes. As the lava and ash was racing
minding our own business, and then the earthquakes started, it
towards them, it literally made them turn into stone. They were
rocked and rocked us. We didn’t think much of them, until the
preserved extremely well and in the position they were in right
eruptions started from the volcano. At first, they were small. My family and I evacuated immediately though, fearing that it could get worse, and it
have enough time to flee. They died almost immediately
before death. There were dogs, pigs, children and even pregnant women who were preserved”
Aftermath The aftermath of the eruption of Vesuvius was horrendous. It killed over 25,000 innocent people who had not had time to flee. The city of Pompeii was completely buried until 1748 with about 5 meters of ash. This volcano released pumice at the speed of 1.5 million tons per second. Since the volcano had spewed stone and ash over 20.5 miles into the sky, the sun was blocked off and life had a extremely hard time restarting.
Facts Some facts about this eruption are that Vesuvius comes from the Oscan word “Festf” which means smoke. It is also a stratovolcano meaning its built of alternating layers of lava and ash. It’s on the gulf of Naples, Italy. It has a population of about 2.5 million people living around it, which is really bad because if it were to erupt, those people would be greatly effected. These days, you can go up to the summit which is 1281 meters tall
This volcano is the only active one in the European Mainland.
Mount Vesuvius Erupting