Photographer's Note

This is the beast responsible for thousands of deaths in 79 ad. Unlike Pompeii, which was buried in hot ash, Herculaneum (Ercolano in Italian) was buried in a lahar or mud flow of 28 metres. Consequently the wooden superstructure and furniture and mosaics survived in a better state than Pompeii albeit the wood was carbonised. Here you can see the modern town of Ercolano which sits atop part of the old ruins. You get a bird's eye view of the ruins from the solidified mudflow, which altered the shoreline after it rushed into the sea in 79 ad.

The thermal energy of the eruption was 100,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb at Hiroshima.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17151 W: 1065 N: 37752] (171302)
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