The Causes Of Mount Vesuvius: Pompeii?

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Jami Norton
January 5th, 2014
Archaeological Project
Mount Vesuvius: Pompeii On August 24, in the year 79 A.D., the Vesuvius volcano erupted suddenly in southern Italy. Rock and ash covered the urbanized city of 25,000: Pompeii. The Roman colony was just recovering from a bad earthquake in 62 A.D. Mount Vesuvius had erupted more than 50 times before. 25 hours of pumice, rock, and ash being pumped out of the volcano and onto the vulnerable, unknowing town of Pompeii. About 2,000 people were killed in this eruption. The dust “poured across the land” like a flood one witness wrote. Little did they know an even more powerful eruption would occur the next day, on August 25th. This more intense eruption killed anything in its path. The estimated amount of total deaths was about 13,000. Pompeii was left alone and secluded for about 2,000 years after the traumatic eruption. Pompeii traces back to the 8th century B.C. The region of Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples attracted tourists. Sometime around 80 B.C., Pompeii’s amphitheater was
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Mount Vesuvius erupted yet again. Explosions in the air consisted of ash, pumice, rock and scorching hot volcanic gasses. As the ash started to settle in the air, the air clogged and made it extremely difficult to simply breathe. Hundreds of miles around the eruption were completely fogged with grey clouds of ash and other harmful materials, nobody could see anything. Buildings collapsed, and all of the commotion caused a “pyroclastic surge”. This is a 100 mile per hour surge of super-heated poisonous gas and pulverized rock poured down the side of the mountain destroying everything. Many lost their lives today, but the next day an even greater eruption occurred. This eruption was on August 25th, 79 A.D around 6:30 in the morning. At least 10,000 more people lost their lives on this

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