posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 03:47 PM
The animation does not really show the mountain as imposing as it really is:
Now add a few hundred feet in height to this picture, which was blown away during the eruption. You see the saddle between the two peaks? Just draw a
line upwards from both peaks until they meet. That was how big the mountain was BEFORE the eruption. It was very similar to the Mt. St. Helens
eruption in Washington State in 1980, though I believe Vesuvius was bigger.
Pompeii is at the base here. This picture was taken at sea just a short ways off the coast. Pompeii would be to the right. Herculaneum is just right
of middle, to the right of the sailboat. Those low lying buildings are the restoration.
edit on 8/27/2012 by schuyler because: (no reason