What happened at Pompeii?

by: Taylor Evers and Amanda Eldridge

When did it occur? Who was involved?

Pompeii occured 14 hundred years ago on august 24th covering a village in ash. The people of Pompeii were discovered through paintings. The residents of Pompeii that were discovered was a lady referred to as Sappho, and a couple found in the house of Paquius Proculus. These paintings were found in there beloved houses before the disaster happened.

What was the town like before the explosion?

A guy named Pliny wrote letters in the 16th century explaining his experience. It explained that it was a typical afternoon in pompeii. His mother pointed out a cloud that was a unusal size. Pliny had taken a cold bath, and lunched while readings a book. Then he started to realize the catastrophe.

What was the volcano's name that hit Pompeii?

The volcano that erupted was Mount Vesuvius. It was a short distance from the shore and it was about nine kilometers east of Naples. The eruption ejected a cloud of stones, ash,fumes, and spewed molten rock. Today it is reguared as one of the most dangerous volcanos in the world. the total explosive power of the eruption was more than 100,000 times more powerful then a nuclear bomb which destroyed Heroshima.

Why did the people of Pompeii not leave the town?

They did not know that Vesuvius was a volcano. There is not a latin word for volcano. Once the volcano started to erupt the people did not know how to read the signs or understand what the volcano was doing.

What technology was used to explore the evacuation site in the past and today?

Photography was a main part in exploring Pompeii in the past and present. Image plays an important role in searching Pompeii for new things to share with the world.

When was Pompeii first discovered and by whom?

Pompeii was first discovered late in the 16th century by an architect Domenico Fontana.

Did anyone survive the explosion?

The only surviving eyewittness account of the event consists of two letters by Pliny the younger to the historian Tacitus. The death toll was about 16,000 people dead. The people and animals were buried in hot ash.
The Lost City of Pompeii