THE ERUPTION OF VESUVIUS IN A.D. 79 AND THE DEATH OF GAlUS PLINIUS SECUNDUS

L. Cilliers, F. P. Retief

Abstract


On 24 August A.D. 79 Vesuvius erupted, burying neighbouring Pompeii in ashes,
stones and pumice, Herculaneum in volcanic mud, and Stabiae in ashes. Thousands
of people lost their lives in this disaster. This was the second recorded eruption, the
first being on 5 February A.D. 63.1 In the centuries thereafter Vesuvius has erupted
nearly 50 times, most recently during the Allied invasion in 1944. Due to its
inactivity the past 53 years, this volcano is at present the primary geological worry
of Europe because of its potential explosivity: c. 1,5 million people live in the
vicinity of the mountain.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/42-2-190

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