DO You Know?

16 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

•    The people of Pompeii did not know that Vesuvius was a volcano, as it hadn’t erupted in 1,800 years.

•    It was estimated that just over 13% of the total population of Pompeii died in the initial blast.

•    Pompeii was originally settled around the 7th century BC by the Oscan people who were descendants of the Neolithic inhabitants of Campania (the region of southern Italy). The port city was a prime location for trade as well as farming. The rich volcanic soil from earlier eruptions of Vesuvius created prime farmland for grapes and olive trees.

•    Pompeii is so well preserved because the city was buried so quickly by volcanic ash and it now provides snapshots of past life in a Roman city.

•    Mount Vesuvius erupted destroying Pompeii shortly after noon on the 24th of August.

•    The ancient city of Pompeii was not discovered until 1748, when workers stumbled upon it while building King Charles III Palace.

•    Before the eruption there was not even a word for volcano, which was created afterwards. ‘Volcano’ was derived from the word Vulcan - the Roman God of flame and metal forgery.

•    The ruins of Pompeii are visited by over 2.6 million people per year.

      •           Mount Vesuvius actually has two craters, one which was the original crater and another crater was created when the top of the mountain caved in during a previous eruption.