Pompeii And Mount Vesuvius - Vesuvius Essay

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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 's largest volcanic eruptions”. (Mount Vesuvius, 2014) Mount Vesuvius is about 7 miles southeast from the City of Naples and 5 miles from the Town of Pompeii.

How did Mount Vesuvius come to be?
Mount Vesuvius stands 4,000 feet over the City of Naples today. It has a 2,000 foot wider crater. It is said that there is a 10 mile death zone for this volcano. It is said that anything in the 10 mile radius of the death zone will be no more if this volcano erupts as it did in 79 AD. (Mount Vesivius, 2014)
First, there was the volcano, Somma. It erupted into itself creating Mount Vesuvius. The reason that Mount Vesuvius is so dangerous is that it sits on two plates, the African plate and the Eurasian Plate. The deformation of these two plates…

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