The rumble and groaning of the earth as it starts to boil and roll. A cloud of dark ash that spreads wherever the wind takes it. Bright, and extremely hot molten rock flowing down the hillside.
These are just a few of the markers that explain a volcanic event, and none are larger than the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This is in remembrance of that very location, and the destruction that has been caused by Mount Vesuvius.
Learn about Vesuvius Day
Vesuvius Day pays tribute to the day that this eruption happened. The inhabitants of the area had been used to a number of small earth tremors in the region. Pliny the Younger, a writer, wrote the following about them:
“They were not particularly alarming because they are frequent in Campania.”
Since 217, the first major earthquake happened in 62AD. This resulted in there being destruction across the Bay of Naples, especially Pompeii. When the volcano had erupted, some of the damage had still not been prepared.
In fact, there were a number of small earthquakes only a few days before the eruption happened. However, the warnings were not recognized.
A lot of people lost their life on this date, and so it is only right that we pay tribute to them. Aside from Pliny the Elder, there were only a few other casualties that were known by name. This included Drusilla, the Jewish princess, and Agrippa, her son. It is also believed that Caesius Bassus, a poet, died in the eruption as well.
Although not a lot of people were known by name, by 2003, roughly 1,044 casts were made from body impressions in the deposits of ash that had been covered from Pompeii and the surrounding areas, as well as the scattered bones of roughly another 100.
History of Vesuvius Day
The Mount of Vesuvius is most widely known for its eruption in 79 A.D. It was this very eruption that killed over a thousand souls, and destroyed the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and a number of other, smaller settlements. Mount Vesuvius has erupted many times since, being regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world due to the large population living nearby.
Being only 9 km from Naples, it is that very area being one of the most highly populated volcanic areas on the planet, being hope to over 3,000,000 people. The tendency towards explosive, or Plinian, eruptions also factors into that title.
The large cone at the top, or summit, was formed by the collapse of an earlier mountain structure, originally much higher than the summit is now. This, along with Mount Vesuvius’ active status as a volcano, makes it a dangerous, if beautiful, site to be around.