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What happened when Vesuvius erupted?

The eruption of Vesuvius as seen from the streets of Pompeii on 24th August AD 79In AD 79, Mount Vesuvius, a volcano in southern Italy, erupted violently. It happened when the Roman Empire was at its height. During the eruption, the nearby Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were completely destroyed and buried by volcanic ash. The towns were rediscovered centuries later. Many well-preserved remains and treasures of the towns’ Roman past were unearthed. 


 

Vesuvius erupts

Ash rains down on Pompeii and settles on the houses and streets like deep snow. Tying pillows to their heads for protection, the...Read More >>Ash rains down on Pompeii and settles on the houses and streets like deep snow. Tying pillows to their heads for protection, the people start to flee the city.The column of ash blasted out by VesuviusAt just after noon on 24th August AD 79, Vesuvius erupted in a violent explosion. It blasted a column of ash (powdered volcanic rock) more than 20 kilometres (12 miles) straight up into the air. Winds then began to blow the ash across Pompeii. It fell like snow on the town. The residents tied pillows to their heads to protect themselves from the falling ash and fled their homes.

Deadly avalanche

Vesuvius is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last 100 years.

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