Photo: Huge Vesuvius Eruption Buried Town 2,000 Years Before Pompeii



Small boats lie in a Naples harbor as sunlight casts a fiery glow on Vesuvius in the distance.

Recent archaeological finds show that the infamous volcano experienced a massive eruption nearly 2,000 years before the blast that buried Pompeii. The discoveries indicate that the still-active Vesuvius is capable of far worse eruptions than anything Naples' disaster planners are currently prepared for.

Photograph by David Alan Harvey/NGS


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