what happened to pompeii
pompeii is often called the forgotten city.......
When did it occur...
August 24th 79 A.D, around noon the top of Mount Vesuvius exploded and red burning stones and ash shot 12 miles into the air. The earth had trembled for several minutes before the volcano erupted.The explosion shot ash, magma, and rock high into the air.Roofs caved in by the weight of the ashes and had killed the people that stayed inside when the volcano erupted.Over 20,000 people were buried in the ash.When the volcano did erupt there was thick bubbly lava, not quick running lava.More than 20,000 people died. The town that was once called beautiful was now called ash.
a timeline of what happened from the start of the eruption to the end of the eruption
Small earthquakes, smoke coming from Mt. Vesuvius
Earthquakes become larger and more frequent
Huge amounts of smoke and ash coming from Mt. Vesuvius, larger earthquakes
Clouds of ash surround the city, raining ash and volcanic rocks, city covered in volcanic ash
City on fire, black clouds surround, lightning strikes every now and again, huge volcanic rocks are being launched at the city
Raining volcanic ash, black clouds still surround, city falling apart
Mt. Vesuvius still very active, ash clouds surround, malted rock and lava running down side of Mt. Vesuvius
City has been demolished, large clouds of ash still surround.
Mt. Vesuvius has finally died down, city has been destroyed beyond repair
what was pompeii like before the eruption
Pompeii, before it was destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius, was a very beautiful town. pomepii was also a very busy towns.
technology used on the excavation site of pompeii then and now
who was involved
pliny the youngers description of vesuvius when it started to erupt...
Of the cloud of gas and ash that rose up from the volcano, he wrote:
"Its general appearance can best be expressed as being like an umbrella pine, for it rose to a great height on a sort of trunk and then split off into two branches, I imagine because it was thrust upward by the first blast and then left unsupported as the pressure subsided, or else it was borne down by its own weight so that it spread out and gradually dispersed. Sometimes it looked white, sometimes blotched and dirty, according to the amount of soil and ashes it carried with it."
why people did not leave pompeii when it erupted.
who survived the explosion of mt. Vesuvius
the only surviving eyewitness was pliny the younger. ( with his two letters to cornelius tacitus)