Pompeii By: Drew Weider
Basic Facts About Pompeii • The Pompeii area was mostly destroyed by16 feet of ash that buried • people and homes. • Pompeii has not been rebuilt and it still lies in ruins. One-third is buried by ash and • the other two-thirds are used for tourism to see what ancient life was like. • Some people say that the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius may • have been the worst eruption in history. • Since 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius has erupted more than 50 times and is • possible to erupt soon. • In 63 A.D., there was a massive earthquake that still produces • minor earth tremors today. • The eruption occurred in Pompeii, Italy. • The eruption occurred on August 24, 79 A.D. • Pompeii is 160 acres. • The name of the volcano that erupted is called Mount Vesuvius. • Pompeii was rediscovered in 1599 when people were digging an underground channel to the river Sarno. • People knew about the eruption because of stories, but they were forgotten over time. • About 16 feet of ash covered Pompeii. Much thicker then pyroclastic flows. (Pyroclastic flows are one of • the most dangerous of volcanic phenomenon. They are hurricanes of hot gasses and volcanic particles) • People got to tell people about the eruption, but eventually people forgot completely about Pompeii. • Pompeii is a town at the base of mount Vesuvius. When it erupted, buildings and bodies were preserved as they were in 79 A.D.
Mount Vesuvius • Mount Vesuvius is about 4,000 feet high. It originally started out as a submarine • volcano. A submarine volcano is a volcano that starts off underwater and • gets bigger as it erupts by the lava building a mountain. • Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano. A stratovolcano is made up off many • layers of hardened lava, tephera, pumice, and volcanic ash. • The last mount Vesuvius eruption was in 1944 during World War II. It destroyed • allied forces and planes stationing nearby. • Mount Vesuvius is still active today and is due to erupt soon. • Mount Vesuvius is 4,190 feet high and 30 miles around its base. • Geologists estimate mount Vesuvius is about 17,000 years old. • Since 79 A.D., mount Vesuvius has erupted more than 50 times. For example 303, 536, 969, 1500, 1872, and • 1944.
The Big Event • The eruption covered more then 2,000 square miles. • Just inside the volcano there was lava, but the eruption didn’t spit out any just ash • Ash rolled down the volcano at speeds of 70 miles per hour. • About 2,000 people in Pompeii died. Survivors only survived for 19 hours since the eruption. • The eruption was 24 hours long and took as long to be destroyed. • Warriors from a nearby island called Stabiei got in boats to sail to Pompeii, but never made it. • As the eruption occurred, people brought money and jewelry with them as they fled. • People had time to flee the village. About 20,000 people in the area escaped. • What people think caused the eruption was the minor earth tremors since the major quake in 63 A.D.
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