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[2014] 17finklejul (Class of 2017): What Happened to Pompeii after Mt. Veseuvius erupted?

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What Happened to Pompeii after Mt. Vesvius erupted?

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The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius was one of the deadliest eruptions ever. In 79 A.D., the city of Pompeii was buried in over 2 meters of ash and pumice. Before this terrible eruption occurred, strange things happened in Pompeii. Fish laid dead in the water, springs and wells dried up, and all the vines on Vesuvius died. Then, a giant bang was heard from all around. Suddenly, magma had poured out of old Vesuvius. The eruption lasted a full twenty-four hours and killed 2,000 people. A man named Pliny the Younger was living in a nearby town. When Vesuvius erupted, he thought that “the world had plunged into eternal darkness for evermore.” The aftermath of the eruption was not very pretty. The hardened ash preserved the bodies of the victims. The survivors tried to dig to their houses, but with no success. Since Pompeii was a huge tourist destination, the Romans were devastated for the loss of the wonderful city. In Roman economy, Pompeii was a great trading centre. One day, in 1748, the excavation of Pompeii began. It has lasted for 267 years, and one third of the city still lies buried. Today, Pompeii is a huge tourist attraction, and many people visit. The people of Pompeii did not expect Vesuvius to erupt because of its old age, but when it did, it created one of the deadliest tragedies in the world, worse than Mt. St. Helens. Today, Scholars say that the excavation of Pompeii played a major role in the neo-Classical revival of the 18th century. Drawings of Pompeii’s buildings helped shape the architectural trends of the era. The ruins of Pompeii is a constant reminder that a devastation can happen any time, any place.

A person in the last momemt of his life

Mt. Vesuvius when it erupted

Pompeii after the eruption

A dog tied to a chain preserved by the hardened ash

Mt. Vesuvius releasing ash and pumice


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