Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-00027
Casts of victim's bodies from the 79 CE eruption of Vesuvius were uncovered during excavations of the buried city of Pompeii. The Pompeii fatalities were caused by pyroclastic flows, which swept as far as 30 km from the summit. Fine-grained ash hardened around the bodies, preserving features in great detail.
Copyrighted photo by Katia and Maurice Krafft, 1971.
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