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24/08/0079 Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash

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Top 5 Pompeii Facts

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Pompeii: New Studies Reveal Secrets From a Dead City | National Geographic

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The Lost City of Pompeii

Mount Vesuvius, a stratovolcano in modern-day Italy, erupted in 79 AD in one of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in European history. Historians have learned about the eruption from the eyewitness account of Pliny the Younger, a Roman administrator, and poet. The event is the namesake for the Vesuvian type of volcanic eruptions.