The rumble and groaning of the earth as it starts to boil and roll. A cloud of dark ash that spreads wherever the wind takes it. Bright, and extremely hot molten rock flowing down the hillside.
These are just a few of the markers that explain a volcanic event, and none are larger than the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This is in remembrance of that very location, and the destruction that has been caused by Mount Vesuvius.
Learn about Vesuvius Day
Vesuvius Day pays tribute to the day that this eruption happened. The inhabitants of the area had been used to a number of small earth tremors in the region. Pliny the Younger, a writer, wrote the following about them:
“They were not particularly alarming because they are frequent in Campania.”
Since 217, the first major earthquake happened in 62AD. This resulted in there being destruction across the Bay of Naples, especially Pompeii. When the volcano had erupted, some of the damage had still not been prepared.
In fact, there were a number of small earthquakes only a few days before the eruption happened. However, the warnings were not recognized.
A lot of people lost their life on this date, and so it is only right that we pay tribute to them. Aside from Pliny the Elder, there were only a few other casualties that were known by name. This included Drusilla, the Jewish princess, and Agrippa, her son. It is also believed that Caesius Bassus, a poet, died in the eruption as well.
Although not a lot of people were known by name, by 2003, roughly 1,044 casts were made from body impressions in the deposits of ash that had been covered from Pompeii and the surrounding areas, as well as the scattered bones of roughly another 100.
History of Vesuvius Day
The Mount of Vesuvius is most widely known for its eruption in 79 A.D. It was this very eruption that killed over a thousand souls, and destroyed the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and a number of other, smaller settlements. Mount Vesuvius has erupted many times since, being regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world due to the large population living nearby.
Being only 9 km from Naples, it is that very area being one of the most highly populated volcanic areas on the planet, being hope to over 3,000,000 people. The tendency towards explosive, or Plinian, eruptions also factors into that title.
The large cone at the top, or summit, was formed by the collapse of an earlier mountain structure, originally much higher than the summit is now. This, along with Mount Vesuvius’ active status as a volcano, makes it a dangerous, if beautiful, site to be around.
How to celebrate Vesuvius Day
Celebrating a day marked with so much death and destruction can be a sensitive thing, however there are a few ways to do this. Watching a documentary on Mount Vesuvius, or on any of the many locations destroyed is a way to remember it.
Or you could make a model volcano and make it erupt, just like the science fair projects of your youth. One could always go and look up what was lost in Pompeii, or how the mountain is made safer in the event of a future eruption. Visiting Mount Vesuvius is, of course, possible, as in 1995 the entire mountain was declared a national park.
Italian authorities are very carefully monitoring the volcano, and make many attempts and watch very many different things about Mount Vesuvius in order to protect those nearby. Despite the dangers, Mount Vesuvius is a beautiful area to visit, with the entire mountainside, and even inside the crater is filled with shrubbery and various plants.
So take a trip, if you can, and enjoy good Italian cuisine, and see one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world on this year’s Vesuvius Day.
You can also use this date to further your knowledge about volcanoes. If you do a bit of digging online, you will see that there is plenty of information about volcanoes. You can learn all about eruptions, as well as some of the most famous ones. You can also learn about all of the different volcanic features, including volcanic cones, lava domes, fissure vents, and much more. You can also read about the effects that volcanoes have, apart from the obvious destruction.
If all of this has interested you about Pompi and Mount Vesuvius, you could even organize a trip to go and visit this part of Italy at some point. It is a stunning location, and you are bound to have a great vacation if you decide to go here. You can head to places like Sorrento, Pompei, and Naples, and you can easily take a bus up to Mount Vesuvius. It is incredibly to visit this part of the world and to think about what happened there so many years ago.
So there you have it: an insight into Vesuvius Day. it may seem strange to celebrate a date whereby so many lives were lost. However, we should see it as a date as a day to pay honor to those who lost their lives on this date. We can also use it to educate ourselves about volcanoes and the research that has been done into them over the years. You can share this awareness on social media to help other people find out more about Mount Vesuvius and other eruptions as well.