The Dustruction of Pompeii

The day people's lives were ruined

The Dustruction Day

August 24 79 AD, black thick smoke puffed out of Vesuvius, the tall volcano touring over Pompeii. Red hot lava poured into innicont peoples homes destroying everything they loved. 20 feet of volcanic ash poured out of Vesuvius covering every inch of Pompeii. 1600 people died. Lots of screams were heard as the volcano erupted.

Artifacts from the destruction

The ash from Vesuvius preserved the people. The destruction also buried millions of precious artifacts. Lots of pots and sculptures were found at the site. Many archeologists discovered buildings destroyed by the ash. Many coins and leather were found. Gold bracelets and jewelry were found on sculptures. Many people did not get to evacuate on time, and we're buried in the ash. Soon after archeologists discovered that the ash preserved people's bodies.


Mount Vesuvius is still and active volcano today. Vesuvius was formed over 25,000 years ago. 1.5 million tons of ash fell on to the city covering Pompeii head to toe. The people closest to the volcano very completely destroyed.

What caused Vesuvius to erupt

The magma followed the smoke in mountain Vesuvius and erupted. Vesuvius has erupted many times, but in 79 AD it was the biggest. The magma and smoke created lava. many eruptions followed 79 A.D. The eruptions occurred in the years 1660, 1682, 1694, 1698, 1707, 1737, 1760, 1767, 1779, 1794, 1822, 1834, 1839, 1850, 1855, 1861, 1868, 1872, 1906, 1929, and 1944. The eruptive stages varied in length from 6 months to 303/4 years.

Pompeii before the destruction

  • It was a very good farming land because soil is very rich by volcanos
  • It was a very attractive holiday resort
  • It happened 1 day after the festival of a roman fire god


Today archeologists are putting roofs back on houses. Statues have been put back into place. Tourists have been visiting Pompeii to see the disasters Vesuvius created. Guides ask people for tours. Pompeii has changed a lot from the disaster. Mount Vesuvius still looms, quiet for now, over Pompeii. But for the lost Roman city, the cries are still heard.

Mt Vesuvius