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.
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.The Eruption of AD79