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