on August 24th 79 CE, Mount Vesuvius’s deadly volcanic eruption destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. This eruption was recored with great accuracy by Pliny the Younger (historian), who witness the event some 20 miles away (32 Kilometres). He described the eruption, earthquakes, ash clouds and tidal waves, during and after the event, all recorded.
August 24th 79 CE
Pliny the Younger
Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum
- Mount Vesuvius – Wikipedia
Mount Vesuvius (pronunciation: /vᵻˈsuːviəs/; Italian: Monte Vesuvio [ˈmonte veˈzuːvjo]; Neapolitan: Vesuvio; Latin: Mons Vesuvius [mõːs wɛˈsʊwɪ.ʊs]; also Vesevus or Vesaevus in some Roman sources) is a somma-stratovolcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, Italy, about 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore.
- Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 – Wikipedia
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD was one of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in European history. Historians have learned about the eruption from the eyewitness account of Pliny the Younger, a Roman administrator and poet. It is the namesake for Plinian eruptions.
- Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii: Facts & History – Live Science
Mount Vesuvius, on the west coast of Italy, is the only active volcano on mainland Europe. It is best known because of the eruption in A.D. 79 that destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
- Mount Vesuvius, Italy: Map, Facts, Eruption Pictures, Pompeii
Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe, and has produced some of the continent’s largest volcanic eruptions. Located on Italy’s west coast, it overlooks the Bay and City of Naples and sits in the crater of the ancient Somma volcano.
- Pompeii – Ancient History – HISTORY.com
Mount Vesuvius, a volcano near the Bay of Naples in Italy, is hundreds of thousands of years old and has erupted more than 50 times. Its most famous eruption took place in the year 79 A.D., when the volcano buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of volcanic ash.