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The Day The Sun Hid Essay

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Across the bay, Herculaneum had thought that they had escaped the worst of the eruption, only experiencing minimal ashfall. Many gathered on the shores, waiting to escape and not wanting to wait in case what had happened in Pompeii would travel to their town. Gathering in storage chambers meant for boats, the residents of Herculaneum did not expect to be right in the wake of a giant ash avalanche. The volcanic material “rac[ed] down the slopes of Vesuvius” (Patent 12) and hit Herculaneum, suffocating all the residents that had been waiting in the storage chambers. Meanwhile in Pompeii, the 2000 remaining survivors tried to find what remained of their town, be it possessions or family or friends. But in the early morning of August 25th, another avalanche hit Pompeii, killing all of the survivors. Darkness filled the sky for several days subsequent to the eruption, and all that was visible of Pompeii were the “tops of some buildings rising above the volcanic fallout” (Patent 12). Not only Pompeii was devastated during the eruption. Across the Bay of Naples, Herculaneum was also buried, and areas as far away as 46 miles received ash and rock. The Roman Empire soon forgot about the buried towns, as did most of the world. Pompeii was no longer a vacation destination, or a cultural hub, but was now a forgotten town buried beneath the ground. Looters were the only people to return to Pompeii, looking for objects of value. Some found items, others found pockets of deadly gas. Vesuvius quieted again, and the remains of Pompeii slept beneath the volcanic debris.
Although Pompeii was soon forgotten, it was recorded in detail by an eyewitness. Across the Bay of Naples, a teenager named Pliny the Younger was visiting Pliny the Elder, his uncle, at the naval base Misenum. Surviving the explosion from across the bay, Pliny was able to witness the eruption and the destruction that it brought. Later on, in a letter to his friend and ancient historian Tacitus, Pliny described the eruption which caused the death of his uncle and thousands of others. In the letter, he said that his mom had “drew his attention to a cloud of unusual size and appearance” (The Destruction of Pompeii, 79 A.D.) and after eating lunch and working on a book, he climbed up “to a place which would give him the best view of the phenomenon” (The Destruction of Pompeii, 79 A.D.) but it was not clear enough to be able to tell what was going on. Scholars at the base also decided that it was unusual, so several of the men decided to go get closer to the cloud but Pliny denied the offer to accompany them, saying that he “preferred to go on with [his] studies” (The Destruction of Pompeii, 79 A.D.). When his uncle realized that many people needed help, he gave order for “warships to be launched and went on board himself” (The Destruction of Pompeii, 79 A.D.) in order to bring help to those that needed it. Fearlessly, he headed right towards the danger zone with the intention of helping other escape...

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