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Two ash-covered bodies from Vesuvius eruption uncovered at Pompeii

Archaeologists uncovered the body of a wealthy 40-year old man and his young slave in Pompeii, 2,000 years after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. 

Excavations at the suburban villa Civita Giuliana, a suburb outside Pompeii, discovered the bodies covered in a bed of 6.5-foot ash.  

Researchers believe that the two men survived the initial eruption from Mount Vesuvius, only to succumb to a massive and more destructive cloud of scorching ash while seeking shelter in a cryptoporticus

The skeletal remains follow last year’s discovery of another Ancient Roman man crushed by a flying rock during Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 A.D. 

Photo: Luigi Spina/Parco Archeologico, via AP
Photo: Luigi Spina/Parco Archeologico, via AP
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The Rock: Urup Island, Russia

Here’s the last island you’d ever want to be stranded on. 

This uninhabited volcanic rock formation is part of a 552 square mile Russian island called Urup, which means ‘salmon trout’ in Ainu. 

Urup island sits south of the Kuril Islands chain in the Sea of Okhotsk in the northwest Pacific Ocean. 

One can imagine this upstanding volcanic plug off the coast of Urup appearing in a future James Bond film. 

Photo: Twitter/travelfoxcom
The Rock: Urup Island, Russia
Photo: Twitter/travelfoxcom
The Rock: Urup Island, Russia
Photo: Twitter/amitripstravel

According to the Neatline antique map collection website, Urup used to be known as “Company’s Land” as discovered by Maarten Vries of Dutch East India Company in 1643. Vries map (see below) is considered the westernmost region of America, a widely held view in the 17th and 18th centuries. 

The Rock: Urup Island, Russia
Photo: Twitter/Neatlinemaps
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The Taal volcano erupts in Philippine capital, showering Manila with ash and lava

The Taal volcano in south Philippine capital Manila erupted on Sunday spewing ash and red hot lava, forcing 13,000 people to evacuate.

If you take a look at the photographs below, you can see the cloud of ash that blanketed towns near the volcano.

While no casualties nor major destruction have been reported, sources say that the Philippine capital is now at risk of a tsunami due to the volcano.

The last time the Taal Volcano erupted was in 1977.

The Taal volcano erupts in Philippine capital
The Taal volcano erupts in Philippine capital
The Taal volcano erupts in Philippine capital
The Taal volcano erupts in Philippine capital

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