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Unformatted text preview: Naples - 3 million people near volcano Mt Vesuvius 8/24/79 AD - Pompei vanished - volcano quiet for 800 years Italian coastal city & people perished - became fossils, killed in place, wherever they were Mt Vesuvius erupted 30 times since 79 AD discovered finally in 1500 during excavation/ Pliny the Elder/Younger wrote all down before eruption and precursor volcanic events mountain rumbled and warned of hazards - precursors cloud of gas formed 15-20 miles high, collapsed under its weight, came rumbling down city at 150 mph, 1000 C hot, 10B tons of ash and rock 3 million people are in the same situation in Naples/surrounding cities - 1 million on slope of Mt...
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