On this day: Devastation of Pompeii

In the year of 79 AD, on 24 August, Pompeii met its end. The nearby volcano, Mount Vesuvius erupted and demolished the flourishing town with its cottages, vineyards, baths and its inhabitants. Besides Pompeii, another two habitats, Herculaneum and Stabiae fell victim to the raging Vesuvius.

The examined human remains revealed that 38 percent of the victims, found in the ash fall deposit, were killed by roof collapses. The remaining 62% were blasted by the pyroclastic surges containing superheated gas and rock that swept through the town at about 100 km/h (60 mph) and scorched everything.

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