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Simulation of an eruption of volcano Vesuvius

Simulation of an eruption of volcano Vesuvius

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F. DOBRAN, A. NERI, M. TODESCO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY F. DOBRAN, A. NERI, M. TODESCO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Computer model of the devastating eruption of the volcano Vesuvius (Italy) which occurred in 79 AD., when the towns of Pompei and Ercolano were destroyed. It shows the particle density 20, 60, 120 and 300 seconds after the eruption up to a distance of 7km from the volcano; red shows the highest densities declining through orange and blue. The model confirms that such an eruption can cause complete destruction in a 7km radius in an area where now 1 million people work and live, in about 15 minutes or less. A phoenix cloud (round bottom), is formed by the finest particles lifted by air currents where the volcano slope flattens.

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