The Eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79: Reconstruction from Historical and Volcanological Evidence

@article{Sigurdsson1982TheEO,
  title={The Eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79: Reconstruction from Historical and Volcanological Evidence},
  author={Haraldur Sigurdsson and Stanford Cashdollar and Steve Sparks},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  year={1982},
  volume={86},
  pages={39 - 51}
}
Reinterpretation of the volcanological and historical evidence shows that the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79 consisted of two main phases. The initial 18 to 20-hour Plinian phase caused extensive pumice-fall south of the volcano, resulting in the slow accumulation of a pumice layer up to 2.8 m. thick over Pompeii and other regions to the south. Much of the population fled the area during this non-lethal phase. On the second day of activity the Peléan phase occurred, when a series of nuées… 
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