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24 August, AD79. The day one volcanic mountain came to life and two cities met their deaths. Pompeii and the nearby settlement of Herculaneum were consumed by a mixture of heat, falling pumice stone and ash. Mount Vesuvius, about 9km (5.5 miles) away, had exploded, sending a mass of volcanic debris high into the air, which then landed like a military bombardment on the citizens of the two cities below. Estimates of deaths in both places...

2010-04-05

 Pompeii Herculaneum Napoli Naples Vesuvius cast statue volcano ash
More than 1,000km from the event itself, Iceland's second volcanic eruption in the space of a month has caused flights in the UK to be grounded...

2010-04-15

 Iceland volcano airplane travel ash meteorology wind
Kenya's flower industry has been badly hit by the cancellation of flights across Europe because of the ash cloud caused by a volcano in Iceland...

2010-04-16

 Kenya transport flower Iceland volcano airplane travel ash meteorology wind
Airlines will lose at least $200m (£130m) per day in revenues as a result of the volcanic ash-linked disruption.

2010-04-16

 Iceland volcano airplane travel ash meteorology wind
Iceland's most active volcano, Grimsvotn, has started erupting, scientists say. The volcano, which lies under the Vatnajokull glacier in south-east Iceland, last erupted in 2004...

2011-05-21

 Iceland volcano Grimsvotn ash air travel