Causes And Impacts Of Pompeii And Mount Vesuvius
On August 24 around noon in 79 AD, a massive eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius began to cause a catastrophic damage that we still talk about today. It happened in the town of Pompeii. An estimated 20,000 people died that day. They died the most horrible death. Very few people escaped the red lava and gassy fumes. How did this come to be on this day? Were there any warnings? What would happen if Mount Vesuvius erupted today?
Where is Mount Vesuvius located?
Mount Vesuvius is located on Italy’s west coast. The Volcano overlooks the bay and the City of Naples. It sits in the crater of the ancient Somma volcano. “Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe, and has produced some of the continent …show more content…
It was a large rectangular plaza. The buildings in this area were used for business and financial transactions. There were also religious buildings that were clustered around the Civil Forum. They were temples, Temple of Jupiter, Temple of Apollo and Temple of Iris. The Temple of Iris is said to be the best preserved temple. It was the one that was almost completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 62. Goddess Iris was looked to be a loving mother goddess that promoted fertility. She oversaw the changing of the seasons and could heal the sick. The temple holds sacred water from the Nile. This was important in ceremonies. (Temple, …show more content…
The exposure of the earth’s elements and the fact that Pompeii is a tourist’s attraction is causing some of the corpses that have been frozen in time to decay and fall apart. They have found that they could pour plaster into the decaying corpses to find the voided areas.
The European Union has set aside millions of dollars to help in the job of protecting and repairing the site that so many go to visit each year. It is still believed that over one-third of the city is still buried. Recently heavy rain in the area caused one of the walls of the Temple of Venus to collapse and fall. Over 2.7 million dollars has been earmarked for continued maintenance of Pompeii.
To go there today, it would cost $16.50 in American dollars. You could get a three day pass to visit the streets of Pompeii and the four excavation sites for $30 American dollars. If you wanted a guided tour of the area it would be an additionally fee. (Pompeii, 2014)