Today in World History: February 5th

Pompeii, the ancient Roman city famed for being covered with volcanic ash, suffered an earthquake on this day in 62 A.D.. It was one of the earthquakes that led up to the deadly eruption, striking Pompeii and the nearby resort of Herculaneum. Seventeen years later, in 72 A.D., the nearby volcano, Mount Vesuvius, would explode, completely covering the surrounding areas, petrifying the citizens and preserving them until they would be found in 1599 and later to a much greater extent in 1748 by a Spanish explorer. Nowadays, the site of Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It attracts more than 2.5 million people every year, making it one of the most visited locations in Italy. The site has been resettled, although largely as slums. The volcano itself is still active, leading to a dangerous situation for the surrounding region, which includes Naples, one of the most populated cities in Italy, with a major port.

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