The video reproduces the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed the ancient southern Italian city.
Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano in continental Europe. Located on the west coast of Italy, it is known for the eruption which, in the year 79 AD, wiped out the city of Pompeii. Even today, the Vesuvius is considered a potential threat to Naples and nearby villages, allocated even on the mountainside.
When Vesuvius devastated Pompeii in 79, the city was only recovering from the ravages caused by a recent earthquake, according to Seneca’s account of the events.
Pliny, who witnessed the eruption of the volcano from the nearby town of Misenum, described the column of smoke as “like a Mediterranean pine. As if it were an exceptionally tall tree, the column of smoke ascended and expanded into different branches. Sometimes white, sometimes stained by sand and ashes.”
This video, produced by Zero One for the Museum of Melbourne, shows the development of the eruption, hour by hour, as seen from the very city of Pompeii itself.