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Is Pompei's volcanic eruption the biggest volcanic disaster of all time?

Is Pompei's volcanic eruption the biggest volcanic disaster of all time?

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Asked by I.Helen, Last updated: Feb 09, 2020

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C. Bernthal

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C. Bernthal, Teacher, MA, P.hD, Seattle

Answered Nov 27, 2018

Pompei's volcanic eruption is one of the biggest and most volcanic disaster of all time.
In August 27 AD 79 Mount Vesuvius erupted in one of the most catastrophic and famous eruptions of all time. The volcano ejected a stones, ashes, molten rocks and volcanic gases.

The city of Pompeii and Herculaneum were greatly affected. Thousand who couldn't escape before the eruption were covered in volcanic materials. Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried in ashes and molten rocks.

 

C. Reyes

C. Reyes

Answered Jun 11, 2018

In August 79 AD, a massive eruption destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, submerging them under layers of volcanic material and mud killing thousands of people. A copious amount of rock and volcanic ash filled the atmosphere. It is estimated that about six inches of ash fell every hour. The next morning, a toxic cloud of gas descended on Pompeii.

Thousands of people, including manufacturers, merchants, and farmers lived in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Many people who did not flee when the eruption started were buried alive by ash and other molten material. The damage was so extensive that no attempts were made to re occupy the area. Pompeii was buried under 14 to 17 feet of ash and pumice. The city of Herculaneum was buried under more than 60 feet of mud and other volcanic material.

 

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