Thats because between 15,000 and 20,000 people lived in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and the majority of them survived Vesuvius catastrophic eruption. One of the survivors, a man named Cornelius Fuscus later died in what the Romans called Asia (what is now Romania) on a military campaign.
Did Pompeii ever recover?
An earthquake in 62 ce did great damage in both Pompeii and Herculaneum. The cities had not yet recovered from this catastrophe when final destruction overcame them 17 years later. Thus Pompeii remained buried under a layer of pumice stones and ash 19 to 23 feet (6 to 7 metres) deep.
Does Vesuvius still smoke?
Since last week, Mount Vesuvius has been engulfed by large clouds of smoke, coming not from the volcano, but from a series of wildfires along its slopes. The fires are believed to be mostly intentional in origin (to clear the ground), but the hot and dry weather helped to rapidly spread the fires.
What happens if Mount Vesuvius erupts again?
When Mount Vesuvius eventually erupts again, 18 towns that are home to nearly 600,000 people could be wiped out in an area known as the “red zone”. Burning ash and pumice put other people up to 12 miles away at risk as well.