Mt. Vesuvius: Eruption of 1944 Breckin Younger & Madison Freed

With an elevation of 4,203 feet and a record of devastating eruptions, this is Mt. Vesuvius. The stratovolcano is infamous for the eruption in 79 AD, covering the city of Pompeii with ash and killing over 2000 people in the process.

The volcano located on the coast of Italy near a town called Naples.

Mt. Vesuvius has erupted over thirty times since its most destructive eruption in 79 AD, the most recent one being 1944.

Real photo from 1944

April 6th, 1944

I've arrived at my motel on the outskirts of the city of Naples, Italy. My boss sent me on a solo mission to interview anyone who's willing to talk.

The reason I'm here is because of the recent eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. While Naples didn't have too much damage done, the nearby city of San Sebastiano suffered. The eruption ended a few weeks ago, but the cities are still recovering from the devastation. From what I’ve heard, this volcano is 9 kilometers from Naples (which has a population of 4 million). All the way back in 79 AD, Mt. Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killed over 2 thousand people. Luckily, the most recent eruption only had 29 casualties.

My taxi has arrived to bring me to town. This is going to be interesting!

I’m about to speak with a local about what happened. Hopefully he'll be helpful.

“Excuse me, sir? Would you mind answering a few questions for me about the recent eruption?” I ask him.

He nodded

“Thank you. First of all, what's your name?”

“Uh, Fredrico Ricci,” he answered.

“Okay, Fredrico, would you mind telling me about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius?”

“It lasted over a week! Dark clouds rained down huge rocks and covered some areas with up to a meter of ash! The volcano released a slow-moving wall of volcanic rock, lava, and debris that crushed and burned everything in its path! It was utterly devastating…”

"Thank you for your time Mr. Ricci."

He was a little dramatic, but that helps my understanding of what exactly happened.

I saw a woman walking out of a store and decided to ask her more about the eruption.

“While we were just finishing supper, someone called to say there were huge red streams of lava flowing down the sides of Mount Vesuvius. It was a sight to behold. As we watched the streams, like giant fingers flowing down the sides, we could see a glow in the sky. All during the night and Sunday there were quakes of the earth with tremendous roars - similar to thunder - from Vesuvius. The windows rattled, and the entire building vibrated.” The woman told me.

“On Sunday night, the roars became more frequent and grumbled like a lion’s roar. Streams of fire were shooting thousands of feet into the air, and the countryside was lit up for miles around. Often times the entire top of the mountain looked as if it were a blazing inferno. It’s really uncanny, yet amazing to look at this phenomenon.”

I thanked her for the information and interviewed a few more people, but they had similar things to say.

I got a lot of good information today! I think my boss will be happy with my work.

Sources

http://geology.com/volcanoes/vesuvius/

https://www.britannica.com/place/Vesuvius

http://www.livescience.com/27871-mount-vesuvius-pompeii.html?scrlybrkr=a8b65408

http://blog.degreed.com/top-10-facts-about-mt-vesuvius-and-pompeii/

https://www.earthmagazine.org/article/benchmarks-march-17-1944-most-recent-eruption-mount-vesuvius

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