Weird History

How You Could Have Survived The Destruction Of Pompeii

On the morning of August 24, 79 CE, a foreboding plume of smoke emerged from Mount Vesuvius; citizens of Pompeii and Herculaneum looked on and prepared themselves for incoming destruction. Some left immediately when the volcano began showing signs of a potential eruption, others packed their belongings and attempted to leave hours later, while a few thought they could wait out the blast.

As one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius took place over a longer period of time than many people realize and offered several chances to escape.

Though over 15,000 people lost their lives and became preserved bodies in Pompeii, others managed to survive by taking heed of early warning signs and escaping to a safe area before volcanic activity became too dangerous.