The last day of Pompeii, 24th August 79 AD

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At around 1pm on the 24th August 79 AD Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy blew her top. For hours she spewed a cloud of deadly volcanic gas, molten lava and fine ash up into the stratosphere. Little did the people watching realise that disaster was about to strike and over a thousand of them would die, suffocated by ash or seared by superheated pyroclastic gas. And the volcano would destroy a massive swathe of the countryside around it within the next 2 days. It would become one of the most devastating volcanic eruptions ever seen in Europe. This was the last day of the city of Pompeii.

Ruins of the city of Pompeii with the Vesuvius volcano on the horizon Ruins of the city of Pompeii with the Vesuvius volcano on the horizon

Pompeii, an ancient Roman city in the south of Italy, had been founded in the 7th or 6th century BC and ruled by the Romans since the…

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