79 (A.D.)

In 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted and immediately covered the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.  “Vesuvius is part of the Campanian volcanic arc, a line of volcanoes that formed over a subduction zone created by the convergence of the African and Eurasian plates.”  Having formed millions of years (10+7) ago, these tectonic plates have been on a continuous collision course – causing many eruptions.  There have been 8 major eruptions over 17,000 years (10+4) – most recently in 1944.

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