Disasters · Italy

The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum 

August 24, 79 AD (traditional date) Italy Mount Vesuvius erupts, destroying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum The Romans living near the volcano assumed it was dormant; the last recorded major eruption had occurred around 1800 BC. The areas close to the base of the mountain (close being a relative term; Pompeii was approximately 5… Continue reading The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum 

Massacres/Mass Murder · Mexico

2010 San Fernando Massacre

August 24, 2010 San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico The Los Zetas drug cartel kidnap 75 people illegally entering countries in South and Central America making their way to the United States, before shooting them; all but 3 are killed The massacre occurred in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and would not have been discovered as quickly as… Continue reading 2010 San Fernando Massacre