Pompeii and Vesuvius

As some of you may know, in AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying all in its wake.  One of it’s victims was the quaint city of Pompeii.  But, this wasn’t the first time this semi-dormant volcano has erupted, nor will it be the last time. In fact, Vesuvius erupted at least 3 times prior to the Pompeii eruption (that we know of), and they were larger in scale to the most famous one.

Previous eruptions recorded at Vesuvius range from ones recorded prior to the Pompeii (the Avellino eruption being most prominent at around 1800 BC), to the more recent eruptions in 1906, 1929 and 1944.  No eruptions has been recorded since 1944, which is a good thing, because if you look at a photo taken from the International Space Station on 1 January 2013, you will see what disastrous consequences it will have not only on the immediate area (as Pompeii was in 79 AD), but also Italy as a whole (remember, Vesuvius is a stratovolcano and has massive destructive capability).

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The volcano is still active and as you can see from the image above, the area surrounding it is densely populated.  My question is, why do people insist on living that close to an active volcano? WHY? Are they not afraid of it’s destructive power?

Was Pompeii not lesson-enough?  If you take a look at some of the discovered graffiti in the well preserved ruins of Pompeii, you will see that the Romans living there at the time was very unaware of what was coming. It can happen at any moment, and the people in the above-mentioned densely populated areas surrounding the death-trap of a mountain could well end up being remembered by their unceremoniously left-behind crassness.

Think about it.

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