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LI: I can compare two historical events


First of all today, we are going to watch a video about the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD.


I didn’t show you a video last week for a reason. When we watch videos, we create a strong image in our mind about what happens.

Remember, that cameras were not invented in 79AD so many of the images in this video have been made up. They might be accurate in some places and the give you a sense of how it would have felt, but it is not real footage from the event!

What happened when Vesuvius erupted in 79AD? | History - Pompeii

Remember, during our history work, we are building up to answering the question:

Why was the eruption of Vesuvius so destructive to Pompeii and could a disaster on this scale happen again?

To help us answer this question, we are going to compare two different eruptions today: Vesuvious in 79 and one of the most recent destructive eruptions: Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland in 2010.

You will need to do some online research about the Iceland eruption first. These website might help:

Your task: copy the blue writing onto your paper, the give your answers in between.


When comparing the eruptions of Pompeii and Eyjafjallajökull, what are the similarities and differences between:


Where they occurred

(Write you answer in at least one full sentence – think back to plate tectonics as well as just looking at the countries.)


The death toll

(Write you answer in at least one full sentence.)


The disruption to everyday life

(Write you answer in at least one full sentence.)


People’s reaction to the eruption

(Write you answer in at least one full sentence.)