The Eruption of AD79 and its Impact

The Eruption of AD79 and its Impact

The eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD79 resulted in the complete destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum and surrounding areas. Based on ancient literary evidence, primarily the writings of Pliny the Younger the date of Vesuvius' eruption was the 24th of August. However, archaeological discovery and translation of ancient graffiti at Pompeii suggest the eruption occurred later in the year sometime after October 17. For the initial report of this find see the BBC News article here.

For general information on the analysis of Mt Vesuvius' eruption see Pompeii Sites.

Prior to the discovery of the charcoal graffiti in late 2018, the timeline of Mt Vesuvius' eruption, compiled utilising Pliny's visual descriptions, is as follows:
Eruption Timeline

Further Resources

For more information on the eruption of Mt Vesuvius see the list of websites, research articles, opinion and news pieces, podcasts, and video animations recreating the event.

August 24, 79: An Hour-By-Hour Account Of Vesuvius' Eruption On Its 1937th Anniversary

Pompeii: Portents of Disaster

The Eruption of Vesuvius of 79 AD and its Impact on Human Environment in Pomepi

Wonders of the World: Episode 33; Pompeii and Herculaneum

A Day in Pompeii

Mount Sinabung Erupts, Sending Pyroclastic Flows and Searing Gases down its Slopes (modern day eruption of what Pliny the Younger described)

The Eruption Story

Pompeii and Herculaneum and Eruptions of Vesuvius

The Eruption of AD79

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