The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 968 AD

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 968 AD has been classified as either a Subplinian or a Strombolian eruption.

The main textual sources that contain information about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 968 AD are as follows:

1 – Leo Marsicanus (1046-1115) wrote in a chronicle of the Cassino Monastery.

2 – Damianus Petrus, Opera Omnia, Opusculum XIX. [2]

“Mount Vesuvius exploded with flames and emitted a great amount of gluey and sulphurous matter that formed a river hurriedly flowing to the sea”.

The eruption took place 78 years prior to Leo Marsicanus’ birth. Both sources report lava flowing into the sea.

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References;

An Overview of the History of Mount Vesuvius

1 – Mount Vesuvius: 2000 years of volcanological observations

2 – Chronology of Vesuvius’ activity from A.D. 79 to 1631 based on archeomagnetism of lavas and historical sources

2 – Vesuvius Before the 1631 Eruption

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