Mount Vesuvius

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The Destruction Of Pompeii Mount Vesuvius had a very bad impact on ancient Italy. Some towns were more hurt than others. In Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii the important things were the background, lasting effects, and magnitude. There are many interesting facts about the background of the eruption in Pompeii including the location, the date, and how it happened. To begin with, according to Mary Bagley, Mount Vesuvius is located in Pompeii, or what is now today western Italy. The town of Pompeii was devastated by one of the most famous and deadliest volcanoes in European history. Mount Vesuvius has erupted more than 50 times and is still an active volcano. Second of all, the most famous eruption was the year of 79 C.E, August 24. The last time…show more content…
First of all, according to Mary Bagley, after each eruption the size of the cone changes. The volcano has a semicircular ridge called Mount Somma that rises to 3,714ft. The valley between the cone and Mount Somma is called Valle del Gigante, or Giant’s valley. Also, according to Bagley, after it erupts it covers the land with volcanic ash that makes the land fertile which helps with growing grapes and wine, that is why people rebuild their house and buildings along the side of the volcano. Second of all, according to Bagley, scientists have detected a tear in the African Plate. This allows heat from Earth’s mantle to melt the rock of the African Plate, building up pressure that causes violent explosive eruptions. Last of all, according to History.com, Mount Vesuvius has a 20 year eruption cycle. The last serious eruption was in 1944, but the most famous was in 79 C.E. After Mount Vesuvius erupts, under Mount Vesuvius, and it’s 20 year eruption cycle are all interesting facts about the eruption in…show more content…
First, the effect on people was not all that great. People were killed by rocks that fell. This phase was called the plinian eruption, it lasted nearly a day. Some people were also killed by volcanic ash and gas. Second of all, according to History.com, the city was buried by all of the ash from the volcano, dust poured across the land like a flood. The population decreased by about 15,000 people, the gas is what killed the most. Last of all, the city was destroyed by rocks that built up to 8.2ft, it was so heavy it collapsed on roofs destroying peoples homes, trapping people inside. Gases and ash were about 570 degrees fahrenheit which killed many people because it was that hot. Effect on people, effect on city, and how the city was destroyed are all interesting facts about the magnitude of the eruption in
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