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There were multiple signs of the Vesuvius eruption. Earthquakes were large signs that an eruption was coming. Also, a historian reported seeing giants which was relative because it was said that when the gods beat the giants, they would be buried under the mountains, and their disruption was the cause of the eruption(Hadril).
During the eruption
The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius was on August 24th, 79 AD around 1:00 pm and continued until the next day. The worst of the eruption happened around midnight, which included a ground-hugging avalanche of hot ash, pumice, rock fragments, and volcanic gas. This came down the volcano at a speed of 100 km per hour or more. Following the avalanche, waves came crashing in, taking down buildings and houses, along with the people who had survived the eruption with it(Martini).
Effects of eruption
The earthquake caused extreme damage to Pompeii and Herculaneum. Some areas were affected greater than others, such as whole houses being demolished. Upper floors were affected even worse, and there is proof to show upper floors being abandoned(Hadril).
Could it happen again?
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If the people of Pompeii were to take more notice of signs, many lives could be saved. By simply paying attention, people today could save themselves and prevent another historic tragedy. The destruction may still be significant, but lives will be saved. History should never repeat itself.
Martini, Kirk. "Patterns of Reconstruction at Pompeii." Patterns of Reconstruction at Pompeii. University of Virginia, 1998. Web. 28 Mar. 2016. <http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/struct/pompeii/patterns/sec-02.html>.
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