Evidence of an Earthquake

Evidence of an Earthquake Archeological Wonders Ancient Places and/or Civilizations Disasters Geography STEM

Ancient writers (such as Seneca) tell us that the Campania region of Italy (including the area in and around Pompeii) had been significantly impacted by earthquakes sixteen or seventeen years (depending on the accounts) before Vesuvius roared back to life in 79 AD.

This image from Boscoreale, about a kilometer north of Pompeii, provides evidence of the damage which those earlier quakes had caused.  At the time of the eruption in the summer of 79, people were still repairing the earlier earthquake damage.

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Image, and information, online courtesy "Explore Italian Volcanoes."


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