Volcanoes and its Associated Folklore
Volcanoes tremble, rumble, explode, and rip themselves apart destroying acres of land, millions of homes and killing thousands of people. For centuries people around the world were powerless to understand the earth's convulsions and ability to cause such horrific destruction. Looking for explanations, stories were conjured up of superhuman forces, folklore and myths as a conclusion to why this natural phenomenon occurs. Many different cultures around the world have come up with their own folklore's about volcanoes depending on what part of the continent its from.
One of the worst volcanic disasters occurred along the Bay of Naples in Italy. At the foot of a large mountain known as "Mt. Somma" or "Mt. Vesuvius" lay two prosperous cities "Pompeii" and "Herculaneum". The people who lived in these cities lived a peaceful and productive life unbeknown to them that misfortune would come upon them. On August 24, 79AD, Mt.
Vesuvius came back to life with a vengeance, it released a blast of gas and ash upon the two cities. By nightfall the volcano had gas-rich magma that flowed down and rolled through the city of Herculaneum destroying everything in its path. Repeated flows surged through the city and buried the town of Herculaneum with burning volcanic debris. The city of Pompeii was next in line, at first the cities massive walls diverted the rivers of flowing magma but eventually the magma overcame the walls and unleashed its ruthless destruction on the city of Pompeii and its people. When Mt. Vesuvius finally relented and the thick smoke slowly thinned away it was said by the few who survived that Pompeii was buried in six feet of ash and burning debris of the few building that were left standing. And as for where the city of Herculaneum once...