Ruins of Pompeii City
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The eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. created six pyroclastic flows. It was the largest eruption in its history. The scorching volcanic debris and falling volcanic ash quickly buried the city of Pompeii, which was populated by 20,000 inhabitants. The buried relics of this city were not discovered until 1680, and the volcanic ash preserved scenes of the people killed and their lives. The ash and debris also caused serious damage to the nearby coastal cities of Herculaneum and Stambia (Figs. 26 and 27).
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