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The animation shows what has been called the plinian stage of a volcanic eruption It is named after Pliny a Roman soldier who sailed into the port of Stabiae to try to help some of the people fleeing the volcano During the plinian stage dust ashes cinders and rocks erupt high into the air This stage may last for hours or even days No lava flows occur during the plinian stageIn time the dust ashes cinders and rocks settle back to Earth In areas near the eruption the amount of these materials can be enormous During the first eight hours of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD they fell on Pompeii to depths of 2 to 4 meters 8-10 feet The heaps of small rocks that landed on the houses caused many roofs to collapseIn the next stage of the eruption a superhot cloud of steam and mud flowed down the side of Vesuvius and covered the town of Herculaneum It took only about four minutes for the boiling mud to flow from Vesuvius to Herculaneum a distance of about 7 kilometers 4 miles Vesuvius is near a place where one section of the Earths surface is being pushed down below another section These sections are called plates When plates grind against one another two things can result--earthquakes and volcanoes Volcanoes begin to form when the rocks of the lower plate get pushed deep into the Earth There they are heated until they melt forming magma one kind of liquid rock Because magma is less dense than the solid rock around it it is pushed upward If this magma finds a weak place at the Earths surface it may break through and form a volcano 62 February 5--A major earthquake almost destroys the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum Many buildings are damaged or destroyed and the aqueducts that bring water into Pompeii are ruined 79 August 24 and 25--Vesuvius erupts burying Pompeii in
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