Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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This Day In History, August 24: Vesuvius and Pompeii

Many of you know, from my previous blogs, that the wife and I enjoy visiting Italy. Today marks the day that Vesuvius began erupting back in AD 79. That eruption led to the fascinating historical site known the world over as Pompeii. I first read about that in National Geographic when I was a kid. The photos gave me chills.

Three years ago we visited Pompeii and, even so many lifetimes later, it is still such an eerie site. The photos of the remains of those people who were overcome by the lava are some of the most terrifying and most famous historical images that one will ever see.

Pompeii is not far from the huge city of Naples, south end of Italy, and the whole area is fascinating to visit. One, humorous, aside -- We were at a display with many of the human remains, as in the photo above. Right below one of the bodies was the body of a dog. We thought he was part of the display until he got hungry, got up and left the room.

Vesuvius, at this point, has not had any significant activity since the WWII years. However, in the last couple times we have gone to Italy, there is plenty of fire coming out of Etna. Standing in the gorgeous Sicilian city of Taormina and looking at Etna's flaming colors of crimson is a memorable sight.

Interestingly enough, at the time of the last major Vesuvius eruption, American military aviators made movies of the event. One can visualize, from these scenes from 1944, just how terrifying the eruption of August 24, 79 AD had to be for those individuals who are now immortalized in stone.

  

Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 6 commentsSteven L. Smith • August 24 2008 12:35PM
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