As I researched Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD, I was amazed at how massive the power of the eruption was. We can see by the fresco painting that it had a conical peak. When it erupted, it literally blew it’s top! This picture shows Bacchus, the god of wine, dressed in a suit of grapes.
In the picture below, is what Vesuvius looks like today. This picture was taken in 1987 during my trip through Italy. At that time, I had no idea that I’d be writing the novel so I was just a tourist. I’d go back in a heartbeat.
The picture below that is embossed showing how much of the top actually collapsed with the eruption.
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Pliny the Younger wrote the earliest known account of a volcanic eruption by witnessing the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Volcanologists today call eruptions similar to Vesuvius’ “Plinian eruptions” – the most recent being Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. Today, over two million people live in the shadow of Vesuvius. Experts say that Vesuvius could erupt at any minute – that it’s “on the move again.”
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