In fact, scholars say that the mountain is hundreds of thousands of years old and had been erupting for generations. Sara E. Warner and the handful of Italians left in the southern fringe of the town, which the lava flow entered Monday night [March 19] and destroyed yesterday.
This Day In History. Weather Forecast. Vesuvius is arguably one of the longest-studied volcanoes in the world.
The first on this side. National Geographic Research, v. In Italy. Of the houses and shops that were there, neither stick nor stone remained in sight and would perhaps never see the light of day again.
Vesuvius page. The Vesuvius volcano did not form overnight, of course.Violent Volcanoes I: Vesuvius Eruption 1944
The most recent eruption was from 1913-1944. Most Pompeiians had plenty of time to flee.
It caused major problems for the newly-arrived Allied forces in Italy when ash and rocks from the eruption destroyed planes and forced evacuations at a nearby airbase. Pompeii victims 'killed by heat not suffocation'. Wartime reporters soon found they had something to talk about besides the horrific deaths of those at battle.
We went as far as we could in the car and then went on foot to look for the lava. Start your free trial today.