During its eruption in 79 AD, Mt. Vesuvius spewed 1.5 million tons of lava per second.

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Mt. Vesuvius
Mt. Vesuvius by Ωméga/CC BY-SA 2.0

That’s the equivalent of the weight of about 250,000 fully grown elephants! It is no wonder then that the eruption was able to bury two cities – Pompeii and Herculaneum, killing at least 16,000 people.

 

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