volcano suddenly erupted on this day at noon, pushing a 10-mile mushroom cloud
of debris into the air.
For the next 12 hours debris reined on the inhabitants of Pompeii.
fled for their lives, but around 2000 are thought to have stayed. Those who remained
were killed by a toxic cloud of gas the next day. Then the waves of hot ash and
volcanic rock buried the entire city.
prosperous community had been built on the highly fertile volcanic soil at the
steps of Vesuvius with possibly 25,000 inhabitants.
lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered by archeologists in the
Vesuvius remains the only active volcano in Europe. It last erupted in 1944. 700,000
people live in the 'death zone' around the volcano.
of the eruption are from Pliny the Younger who was 17 years old at the time and
saw the event from the Bay of Naples