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Pompeii inscription rewrites volcanic eruption history

Pompeii inscription rewrites volcanic eruption history

Technology
An inscription discovered on a house in the ruins of Pompeii suggests the city was destroyed by a volcanic eruption two months later than currently believed. Historians have dated the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to 24 August 79 AD, based on contemporary writings and archaeological finds.But a newly discovered writing on the wall of a house suggests the city was destroyed after "the 16th day before the calends of November", meaning 17 October, rather than in August.The head of archaeology for the site, Massimo Osanna, told Italian media that the inscription had been recently discovered - and it is the latest evidence that the 24 August suggestion is wrong. Image: It was one of the most devastating eruptions in European history ...
Tree rings helped scientists date ancient Greek eruption

Tree rings helped scientists date ancient Greek eruption

Science
Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Tree ring analysis has helped scientists pinpoint the date of Thera's eruption. The volcano on the Greek island of Santorini erupted sometime during the 15th or 16th century BC, but scientists have previously been frustrated by discrepancies between radiocarbon and archaeological evidence of the ancient eruption's precise timing. "It's about tying together a timeline of ancient Egypt, Greece, Turkey and the rest of the Mediterranean at this critical point in the ancient world -- that's what dating Thera can do," Charlotte Pearson, an assistant professor of dendrochronology at the University of Arizona, said in a news release. The latest findings, analysis of carbon in tree rings traced to the time of the eruption, have revealed an agreement, or overlap, between the timeli...
Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala leaves town in dust

Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala leaves town in dust

World
There was no time to eat. Sunday family lunches were interrupted, the food left on the table. Children abandoned toys, and clothes still hung on lines in backyards. Animals died petrified. Guatemalan authorities reacted slowly to signs of the Fuego volcano's impending eruption on June 3, contributing to one of the most tragic natural disasters in recent Guatemalan history. The volcano rumbled to life early that Sunday. By midday, it was spewing ash in smoking columns miles high that then fell, dusting a wide swath of the Central American country. But with the mountain's rumbles and the first ash showers, many villagers made a fatal bet to stay put, gambling that the luck that had protected them for decades would hold once again. In the afternoon things took a turn for the worse. T...
Children burned in Guatemala volcano eruption to be treated in US

Children burned in Guatemala volcano eruption to be treated in US

World
Guatemalan children who were seriously burned in a deadly volcanic eruption in their home country will be brought to the United States for treatment, officials said. Shriners Hospitals for Children, a Florida-based charity providing pediatric specialty care in 22 non-profit medical facilities, said in a statement Tuesday that it will admit several children who are in critical condition with burn injuries from Sunday's eruption. The U.S. military was expected to move the children more than 1,500 miles to the Galveston Shriners Hospital pediatric burn center in Galveston, Texas, according to the charity. The U.S. Southern Command confirmed to ABC News that six children were scheduled to be airlifted Wednesday from Guatemala City. The Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, in Guatemala o...
Evacuations after new eruption at Guatemalan volcano

Evacuations after new eruption at Guatemalan volcano

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Emergency services in Guatemala are evacuating areas around the Fuego volcano after a new eruption sent lava spewing down its south side.At least 72 deaths have been reported since the volcano first erupted on Sunday, with many others missing.Authorities say more than 1.7 million people have been affected by the eruption, with more than 3,000 evacuated and many living in shelters.Villages on the slopes of the volcano were buried in volcanic ash and mud.Volcanologists said earlier on Tuesday that the initial eruption, which sent ash up to 10km (33,000ft) into the sky, was over for the near future.Eddy Sanchez, the head of Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, had said there would be "no immin...