The people of Pompeii were quite unprepared for the eruption of Vesuvius.It is certain that when the eruption of Vesuvius started on the morning of 24 August, AD 79, it caught the local population utterly unprepared.But no one could have anticipated that the rumbling volcano would completely bury both towns with ash and pumice.
Evidence shows people who initially fled Pompeii returned, only to be killed by Vesuvius' increasing fury. Silent for thousands of years, Pompeii and Herculaneum are now living museums of life in the Roman Empire during the first century of the Common Era.
Vesuvius is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. Located in southern Italy, near Naples it presents a constant threat to more then 1 million people.