Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius

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Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius

Fast Facts - Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano on mainland Europe - Best known for the eruption in A.D. 79 that destroyed the city of Pompeii - Pompeii was buried so quickly by volcanic ash that the site is well-preserved for study by archeologists

Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius

The Excavation Sites of "The Lost City"

The eruption not only buried the city under volcanic ashes, but the city’s 20,000 inhabitants were to hot air and fatally high temperatures. Even those taking cover in buildings were not safe from the effects of the volcanoe.

During the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, temperatures climbed to 250 degrees Celsius, 482 degress Fahrenheit!

Pompeii is now a major tourist attraction, attracting more than 2 million visitors every year.

This is a video showing the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesusvious in 1944, but the narrator is concerned with the previous eruption that devastated Pompeii in 79 A.D.



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