Mount Vesuvius: Does the Past Foretell the Future?

imagesOn August 24, A.D. 79, the area surrounding Mount Vesuvius was a thriving mix of bustling town, elite retreat, and productive estates. Less than twenty-four hours later, thousands had died and the area was buried between three and twenty-five yards of fiery volcanic debris. Until 1748, the existence of the towns was totally erased from memory

­Does the past foretell the future? Experts hope not. Almost four thousand years ago, a larger eruption (called the Avelino eruption) killed thousands and made the area a desert for centuries. Dozen of eruptions have occurred since but another four thousand victims were killed in the particularly lethal 1631 eruption.

Today, Mount Vesuvius is a ticking time bomb with another eruption imminent. The volcano looms above Naples and the surrounding areas with its 600,000 residents in the  nine mile “red zone.” The Italian government monitors the activity twenty-four/seven. Emergency evacuation plans would take 72 hours to empty the red-zoned area.

Next week, The North Georgia Mountains & The Caretaker’s Lady



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2 responses to “Mount Vesuvius: Does the Past Foretell the Future?

  1. Have you been watching the news about the Icelandic volcano roughly pronounce Bardabundka? The last time that one let loose, in 1783-84, 6 million died in Europe, largely of starvation, and the Mississippi was frozen in New Orleans. The only “good” thing about a similar event now is that it might give us a few years’ breathing room in global warming.

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