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on Tuesday, 06 October 2020. Posted in Primasonics Blog

Pompeii, the preserved ancient Roman city lies some 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Naples and close to the base of Mount Vesuvius. Today it is a very popular tourist attraction for those who wish to view the remains of this unique Greco-Roman lifestyle.

Pompeii, the preserved ancient Roman city lies some 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Naples and close to the base of Mount Vesuvius. Today it is a very popular tourist attraction for those who wish to view the remains of this unique Greco-Roman lifestyle.

Mount Vesuvius ruins Pompeii

The ruins of Pompeii were first discovered in the late 16th century by architect Domenico Fontana, however excavation work did not commence in earnest on site until 1748. However, these early diggings were generally haphazard and irresponsible. Full and detailed excavation work was carried out between 1924 and 1961 by Amedeo Maiuri who uncovered large areas of interest including the Porta (Gate) di Nocera and an impressive stretch of cemetery. A lot of unique discoveries were made for example bakeries complete with grinding mills, kneading machines and ovens some of which still contained loaves of bread.

Pompeii Bakery

It perhaps is still believed by some today that the destruction of Pompeii was caused by molten lava flows when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. However, this proved not to be the case. What really occurred was that when the eruption occurred, the blast sent a plume of ash, pumice and other rocks plus scorching hot volcanic gases so high into the sky that people could see  for hundreds of miles around. As it cooled, this tower of debris drifted down to earth, first the fine-grained ash, then the lightweight chunks of pumice and other rocks. 

Within the city conditions soon grew worse. As more and more ash fell, it clogged the air making it impossible to breathe. Buildings collapsed as a 100-miles per hour surge of superheated poisonous gas and pulverised rock poured down swallowing everything and everyone in its path. By the time Vesuvius has stopped erupting Pompeii was buried under million of tons of volcanic ash, killing an estimated 16,000 people overall.

 Pompeii People

Today ash build-up is still very much a costly problem with the power generation industry, if not in terms of human lives, certainly in terms of reduced boiler thermal efficiency and enforced down time. I very much doubt that our range of Primasonics Acoustic Cleaners could have aided the poor residents of Pompeii, however that certainly can greatly help in preventing the build up of ash on boiler tubes, ESP plates and filter bags. They provide an economical and highly effective solution to eliminating modern day ash build up!

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