Vesuvius on a mild winter day

There’s just something about a volcano that makes it hard to take your eyes off it. Mt Vesuvius is probably one of the world’s best known volcanoes for its explosion in AD 79 which buried many towns in the vicinity including Pompeii and Herculaneum.

This is a chilling video I keep coming back to. It shows how “slow” the destruction of Pompeii actually was. I always imagine wanting to go back and telling people at 8am to just leave everything and run for their lives. It would happen in a modern scenario but back then people didn’t realise how dangerous a volcano was. The fact that Pompeii was buried more or less intact helped the modern world uncover the splendours of the Roman era.

Looking at Vesuvius on a chilly but bright day you can’t imagine how this benign looking mountain has the potential to disrupt and destroy the lives of thousands of people who still live on its slopes.

Here’s another famous volcano to feast your eyes on

The Rays of the Sun lighting up Mt Fuji
The Rays of the Sun lighting up Mt Fuji

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:

    It’s a sleeping dragon.

  2. Don’t know how this sounds but I’ve a fascination for volcanoes

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I have another friend who is also fascinated by volcanoes

  3. I have only seen Vesuvio from the air, but when I lived in Sicily, I saw Etna several times, which is a wonderful sight at night when the glowing lava is slowly running down the mountainside. It’s so slow and so little on most days, though, that there is no danger for the city of Catania because the lava becomes cold before it would reach the city. But sometimes, the airport needs to be closed because of too much ash, and even 150 km away, I had all the ash on my windows and balcony:

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Amazing! Etna and Stromboli are on my list of to see mountains.

      1. I don’t want to bombard your blog with links, but you can find an account of the ascent of Stromboli on my blog. Another interesting island north of Sicily is Vulcano (allegedly, that’s where the word comes from). There is a volcano which is no longer hyperactive, but still emitting smokes and fumes. You can even walk into the crater. Fantastic stuff!

  4. Nirmala says:

    Yes volcanoes can be fascinating!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      They truly are

  5. neihtn2012 says:

    Thanks for sharing the video! It is a fascinating animation. I always wonder why people did not flee since it looks like they had some time.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I think people didn’t want to believe it could get that bad and by the time they realised it was too late to leave. They didn’t realise how powerful that volcano could be

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