Approximately 2,000 years ago, due to a cataclysmic natural disaster the Roman city of Pompeii was wiped off the map of the world. The lively agricultural town was located at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, when it erupted in 79 A.D. This eruption entombed the city in more than 20 feet of volcanic ash. Many residents who could not flee in time were killed instantly by the intense heat from the volcano, and the ash preserved their bodies frozen in time.
Pompeii was rediscovered by archaeologists in 1738. Nowadays, it is among the most popular tourist sites in Italy. The researchers continue to uncover and catalog the preserved remains of its former residents. Recently they had a heartbreaking discovery.
Today, from a distant historical perspective, it's easy for us to separate our modern world from what happened in Pompeii. It is hard for us to imagine how things can go out of control in such a way. Yet, It is hard not to have pity for the poor souls that had to experience that tragedy.