what happened to pompeii

tyanna hobbs

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.

When was pompeii first discovered and by whom?

The ruins of pompeii were first discovered in the late 16th century by the architect Domenico Fontana. they did not start working on pompeii until 1748. in 1763 an inscription identified the site as pompeii.

a timeline of what happened from the start of the eruption to the end of the eruption

8 AM

Small earthquakes, smoke coming from Mt. Vesuvius

11 AM

Earthquakes become larger and more frequent


Huge amounts of smoke and ash coming from Mt. Vesuvius, larger earthquakes

3 PM

Clouds of ash surround the city, raining ash and volcanic rocks, city covered in volcanic ash

5 PM

City on fire, black clouds surround, lightning strikes every now and again, huge volcanic rocks are being launched at the city

8 PM

Raining volcanic ash, black clouds still surround, city falling apart

1 AM

Mt. Vesuvius still very active, ash clouds surround, malted rock and lava running down side of Mt. Vesuvius

6 AM

City has been demolished, large clouds of ash still surround.

8 AM

Mt. Vesuvius has finally died down, city has been destroyed beyond repair

describe Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is one of the world's most dangerous volcanoes. mount Vesuvius rises above the bay of Naples on the plain of Campania in southern Italy. The slopes of Vesuvius are covered with vineyards and orchards. Higher up, the mountain is covered with copses of oak and chestnut.

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

New technology is revolutionising the recording of archaeology at Pompeii, and is replacing a tradition of recording that has been used for centuries........ To increase efficiency, accuracy, and detail, archaeologists working at the ruins of Pompeii have been using apple ipads to record their excavations. before archeologist started to use ipads to recorded and take pictures they used cameras.

who was involved

mount vesuvius was involved with the covering up of pompeii. archeologist are involoved with the digging up of pompeii. ...

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.

the people of pompeii did not know that mount vesuvius was a volcano. so when it started to erupt they did not know how to read the signs. there were earthquakes but they were common in the area of pompeii. they became more frequent in the days leading up to the eruption.

who survived the explosion of mt. Vesuvius

the only surviving eyewitness was pliny the younger. ( with his two letters to cornelius tacitus)

Pompeii Destroyed by Mount Vesuvius