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Annihilation of Pompeii and Herculaneum

Annihilation of Pompeii and Herculaneum STEM Ancient Places and/or Civilizations Disasters

As the pyroclastic flows pour out of Mt. Vesuvius, during its 79 AD eruption, the towns of Herculaneum (on the left side of the image) and Pompeii (on the right) are annihilated.

This depiction, of how those events may have appeared at the time, is by Dr. Steven Dutch, Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.

It is possible that people who fled the towns, particularly Pompeii, were caught by the pyroclastic flows as they tried to make their escape. Professor Dutch tells us more:

By the time the pyroclastic flows hit Pompeii, most residents, except for those already buried in ash, had fled. Many could lie buried in the countryside if they were overtaken in flight by the flows.

Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Image, by Professor Steven Dutch, as it appears via his online article "Vesuvius, 79 AD."

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