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Vesuvius erupts

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Vesuvius Erupts AMNH/R.Mickens

In A.D. 62, a major earthquake shook Mount Vesuvius. Earthquakes continued for years as the magma chamber inside Vesuvius inflated. Finally, in August of A.D. 79, eruptions began. For 12 hours, finegrained ash, then coarse white pumice (a frothy, glass rock), and l