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This statue of the town patron was left at the tilted angle it was discovered in, after excavation of the 20-28 metre deep 'lahar' or mudflow that came down the mountain of Vesuvius from the right, & pushed it to the left. Notice the verticals at the bottom. Looks like he lost his hand too when the mudflow overwhelmed the statue. This is the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum or Ercalano in Italian which was buried for centuries. It receives far fewer visitors than Pompeii & is in a far better state too because the far hotter pyroclastic flows that hit Pompeii incinerated much of the town and destroyed most of the frescoes and wooden beams.

Here is a lahar in Japan from Unzen Volcano https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kznwnpNTB6k

Although the mudflow was nowhere near as hot as the pyroclastic flow that hit Pompeii, it was still hot enough to carbonize wood. (500 degrees celsius)

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17160 W: 1065 N: 37774] (171392)
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