popules story. last day of pompeii
Poplios is a rich Roman citizen living in Pompeii. He lives in a big house with his wife, 7 month pregnant daughter, her husband and their several servants.
At around 1:00 pm Vesuvius erupts sending a massive stream of ash and gasses up into the sky at supersonic speed. Within minutes the column had reached 15 km high, and the off shore wind pushed the column towards Pompeii.
When the people of Pompeii saw the great ash cloud coming from the mountain it caused very little alarm. There was no word in Latin for volcano so the people had no idea what was happening. Mixed in with the ash cloud is molten rock which solidified and fell to the ground as raining pumice as the ash cloud blocked out the sky.
By 2 pm people start to leave the city or take to the streets in panic. But Poplios's daughter is too heavily pregnant to leave so they all decide to stay in the city. At around 8 pm the pumice that has been building up on the roofs of the houses begin to break the beams of the roofs, and traps Poplios inside his own house.
The ash column in the sky has now become so heavy due to the amount of ash, rock and gases that are being thrown out of the volcano, that it threatens to collapse onto Pompeii. By 3am wells and water supplies have become blocked by the pumice and hydrogen chloride in the air begins to choke people . At 6am a massive earthquake causes the magma chamber underneath the volcano to collapse and activates a pyroclastic surge that stops just shy of the city. Then part of the column collapses and another pyroclastic flow is activated and heads directly for Pompeii.
Poplios and his wife retired to there room whilst his daughter's husband takes poison to commit suicide. As the pyroclastic flow surges through the city people inhale the gas which fills the lungs with fluid, then the ash turns the fluid to concrete casing suffocation.
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