Pompeii

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Old Pompeii/Location

Before the eruption, Pompeii was a wealthy looking, fertile plain city, located in Campania, Western Italy, near the Bay of Naples. The Bay of Naples was a place where emperors, senators, and other prominent Romans came to take vacations. This city was built by lavish seaside villas in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius for the entertainment of the people. Pompeii was under Rome control, in the 50th century BC, warriors from Samnium invaded and seized Pompeii.
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Eruption

Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24 AD 79 on a typical hot morning. Before the eruption, small tremors shook the area of this city. It was a violent explosion of toxic gases and burning cinders. In a matter of hours the city of Pompeii became a ghost town. The people of Pompeii were buried 12 feet under ashes from the eruption. 2,000 bodies were uncovered out of 10,000-20,000 people, ¾ of the city evacuated.external image moz-screenshot.png

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Pompeii after the eruption is now a tourist site. All the body case is preserved as if they were frozen in time. People know of Pompeii to be a ghost town only covered in ashes. The bodies are now preserved as ancient civilization to help enlightenment and an interest throughout the western world.

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