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ROMAN CITY OF POMPEII









On August 24, A.D 79, life ended in the Roman city of Pompeii on Bay of Naples. In one day, the town was completely destroyed in the eruption of a nearby volcano called Mount Vesuvius.
It was around lunch time when a violent earthquake shook the city. Many of the inhabitants immediately, fled, but some stayed, unable to leave their home and businesses.
Soon after the earthquake, Mount Vesuvius erupted, covering Pompeii with lava and ash. Those people who had stayed behind were buried under the thick layers. Their bodies were perfectly preserved for more than 1,500 years. They were discovered in the eighteenth century in the some positions in which they had died.
One man was found lying where he had fallen in the street, still holding a handful of gold coins. Others were discovered sitting around a table where they had been eating a meal.Some people had tried to hide in their houses, but they had not been able to escape the volcano and were buried in their but they had not been able to escape the volcano and were buried in their homes. Many tried to flee with their belongings in carts, but they were trapped near the gates of city and covered with lava and ash.
When the volcano stopped erupting 28 hours later, Pompeii was buried under 20 feet of ash. At least 2,000 people died in this terrible disaster.

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