‘Violent’ earthquakes accompanied the infamous volcanic eruption that buried Pompeii

Sunday, May 21, 2023 - 14:31 in Paleontology & Archaeology

The remains of those killed during the explosion of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE were well preserved in ash,. Pompeii Archaeological Park/Italian Minister of Culture The preserved ancient Roman city of Pompeii is best known for the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed the city in 79 CE. But the discovery of two skeletons at Italy’s Pompeii Archaeological Park adds to growing evidence that earthquakes  accompanied the fateful eruption. The details of the excavation were published by the Pompeii Archaeological Park on May 16 in the E-Journal of Pompeii Excavations. [Related: This ancient Roman villa was equipped with wine fountains.] As the ground shook, massive plumes of volcanic ash and pumice and boiling hot gasses shot out of the volcano which covered and suffocated its residents. The bodies of those caught...

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