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Volcanoes and its Associated Folklore Volcanoes tremble rumble explode and rip themselves apart destroying acres of land millions of homes and killing thousands of people For centuries people around the world were powerless to understand the earths convulsions and ability to cause such horrific destruction Looking for explanations stories were conjured up of superhuman forces folklore and myths as a conclusion to why this natural phenomenon occurs Many different cultures around the world have come up with their own folklores about volcanoes depending on what part of the continent its from One of the worst volcanic disasters occurred along the Bay of Naples in Italy At the foot of a large mountain known as Mt Somma or Mt Vesuvius lay two prosperous cities Pompeii and Herculaneum The people who lived in these cities lived a peaceful and productive life unbeknown to them that misfortune would come upon them On August 24 79AD Mt Vesuvius came back to life with a vengeance it released a blast of gas and ash upon the two cities By nightfall the volcano had gas-rich magma that flowed down and rolled through the city of Herculaneum destroying everything in its path Repeated flows surged through the city and buried the town of Herculaneum with burning volcanic debris The city of Pompeii was next in line at first the cities massive walls diverted the rivers of flowing magma but eventually the magma overcame the walls and unleashed its ruthless destruction on the city of Pompeii and its people When Mt Vesuvius finally relented and the thick smoke slowly thinned away it was said by the few who survived that Pompeii was buried in six feet of ash and burning debris of the few building that were left standing And as for where the city of Herculaneum once lay all that was left was a sixty feet deep deposit of volcanic substance The entire city was engulfed The 79 AD eruption
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