Effects of Volcanoes on People

Vesuvius is a composite cone volcano which is currently dormant but has been very destructive and in AD 79 it erupted and resulted in the destruction of Herculaneum and Pompeii.  Thousands of people were killed instantly by pyroclastic flows (most didn’t even see it coming).  The area was buried under meters of ash. 

Click here for google earth image overlays of the 79AD eruption and a video showing the plaster casts victims of the volcano.  You will need to update your Google Earth to the latest version to see the videos.  There is a fantastic video on youtube about the volcano but it can’t be embedded.

BBC News article on Vesuvius Escape Plan

A film from youtube (can’t embed this one) about the governments evacuation plans.

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