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How Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii


How Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii
At noon on 24 August in 79 CE, Mount Vesuvius erupted near the bay of Naples in southern Italy in what would become one of the most devastating natural disasters of ancient times.



The nearby cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were completely buried by the ash and pyroclasts that spewed from the volcano, helping to preserve them in extraordinary detail. We also have detailed information about the eruption itself thanks to Pliny the Younger, who wrote two letters detailing what he saw from his mother’s house in Cape Misenum. His famous description of the plume as “shaped like a pine” caused this type of eruption to be named a Plinian eruption.