Pompeii City Officials Working on Evacuation Plan in Case Mount Vesuvius Erupts Again

Some 2,000 years ago, mount Vesuvius erupted killing thousands of people. It was one of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in the last few millennia.

Pompeii, along with the ancient city of Herculaneum, as well as many villas in the surrounding area, was buried under approximately 6 meters of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

Roman fresco from the Villa dei Misteri. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Roman fresco from the Villa dei Misteri. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Many of the inhabitants were also buried before they could escape.

Now, city officials have begun drawing up a new evacuation plan, in case mount Vesuvius erupts again.

The plan is being drawn up after scientists noticed a recent increase in seismic activity, raising fears of a second eruption in the area.

Evacuation plans would see people from Pompeii evacuate in boats to Sardinia.

Pietro Amitrano, Pompeii’s mayor revealed he is already in talks with Sardinia’s civil protection authorities to come up with a possible evacuation procedure, according to The Guardian.

“We will start a detailed census of our population first and then discuss in which town in Sardinia our citizens will be transferred, hoping that this day will never come,” Amitrano is quoted saying.

The area around Mount  Vesuvius is populated by approximately 3 million people, which makes it one of the most densely populated volcanic regions anywhere on Earth.

Mount Vesuvius as seen from Pompeii. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Mount Vesuvius as seen from Pompeii. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Fears of a second eruption

Flavio Dobran, one of the leading experts on Mount Vesuvius, recently warned that without an evacuation plan, a possible eruption could kill thousands of people.

Speaking to the Independent, Dr. Pete Rowley from the University of Portsmouth said:

“Vesuvius is a really rather active volcano. It’s famed for its eruption that wiped out Pompeii and Herculaneum, but it’s had something like 50 eruptions since then. With Naples next door, it poses a quite substantial risk to the local population, so is carefully monitored.”

Therefore, experts have concluded that it’s better to prepare.

The eruption that occurred 2,000 years ago was so terrifying that material that was expelled from the volcano was so hot that it vaporized people’s blood, turning it into steam. The temperature from the eruption was so hot that it also boiled people’s brains, building up steam until they exploded.

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