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What was the first sign that an eruption of Mt Vesuvius was about to happen? A. All the animals were fleeing the area or B. Earthquakes throughout the region signalled the volcano
As the pressure within the volcano built, earthquake activity, in the form of harmonic tremors, signaling the volcano was roaring back to life
Mount Vesuvius had been dormant for a long, long time before 79AD. Does that make its eruption A. more or B. less dangerous??
A long interval, combined with mounting seismic activity, is a sure sign of impending disaster
The eruption of Vesuvius was far more dangerous than many others. Why is this? A. Gas and ash formed a gigantic column in the atmosphere or B. Severe earthquakes followed?
These eruptions release superheated gas, ash and magma into the atmosphere and ground hugging pyroclastic surges that incinerate everything in their path
In order to survive the eruption, where was the safest place to go? A. In the sea or B. Under a well-fortified overhanging?
The safest place is under cover, though many structures will collapse under its weight
You are still in Pompeii and rocks are falling. What is your best course of action? A. Stay where you are and wait for help or B. Get as far away from the volcano as you can?
Put distance betewen you and Pompeii. At its peak, the volcano is pumping out 100,000 tons of material per second
You make a run for it. What is the most important thing you should have with you? A. Water, because uncontaminated water is scarce or B. Money, as you will need it for supplies?
The falling pumice and ash not only contaminate the local water supply, but suck moisture from the air.
In which direction should you go? A. Head south to the ocean and wait for rescue or B. North into the country, where it is less congested?
Those heading into Naples will still be in the volcano's reach. Most who opt for the beach will die before help arrives
You have survived the rock falls, the lava flows and the toxic gas, are you now safe? A. No; the third lava flow is the strongest or B. Yes; the eruption is nearly over?
If you are still in Pompeii, yuo have no chance. The final pyroclastic flow will dump 30 feet of superheated ash and boiling rock on the town
After 18 hours of constant eruption, the volcano is nearly spent. The force of its upward thrust has weakened. Is this the end of the danger? A. Yes or B. No?
Without the upward thrust, the huge column of ash and volcanic debris in the atmosphere will begin to collapse, dropping its load over a wider path
Was this event a major disaster? A. No, the death toll was relatively minor or B. Yes, 1000s were killed, and Pompeii was wiped from the face of the Earth?
The remains of over 2000 people were excavated. It is assumed that more that 10,000 lives were lost
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