25 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Pompeii Destruction

It would be hard to find someone who has never heard of Pompeii, the glorious Ancient Roman city that got destroyed and buried under ash after the volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. But do you know any further information about the tragedy? Do you know how many people lost their lives under the ash or why were the consequences of the disaster so enormous and tragic? To expend your knowledge of the Pompeii destruction, check out these 25 little-known facts.

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The eruption probably lasted about 24 hours but the ash, molten rock and pumice kept covering the city for two more days, burying it up to 6 meters (20 feet) deep.

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The molten lava reaching a temperature of about 700 C (almost 1300 F) flooded the city at a speed of 110 kilometers per hour (68 mph). There was no escape.

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The molten rock and pumice were expelled from the Mount Vesuvius at an incredible rate of 1.5 million tons per second.

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The lava and ash covered a total area of over 500 square kilometers (200 square miles) and destroyed not only Pompeii but also a few more surrounding towns and villages.

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The estimates of how many people died in the tragedy vary greatly but it might have been as many as up to 25,000 people.

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