A not-so-gentle reminder of who's in charge.
On this day in AD79, on an otherwise uneventful summer day on Italy’s stunning Gulf of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius erupted, launching an explosive 21-mile high stream of everything one would expect from a Volcano when it decides to show us who’s boss: molten rock, pulverized pumice, gases, ashes, stone – you name it. In destroying nearby Pompeii, the great and powerful volcano preserved the cultural legacy of this ancient Roman city, which today, 1,939 years later, draws more than 2.5 million visitors annually. The ancient Romans considered Mt. Vesuvius a devine God, a hero, of the Genius category -- perhaps they were right.