Pompeii | Volcanology

How did the ancient city of Pompeii come to be buried in ash and pumice from a volcanic eruption?

In 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted, sending a thick cloud of ash and pumice down onto the city of Pompeii, burying it and its inhabitants. The eruption lasted two days, and by the time it was over, Pompeii and the nearby town of Herculaneum had been buried in up to 25 feet of ash and pumice.

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