Animation showcases the Pompeii disaster with accurate 3D rendering of the events


Pompeii, the ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples, boasted an assortment of baths, houses, graffiti, frescoes and even agricultural produce. But more than any of these antediluvian avenues, the city is best known for our fascination with disaster for over 400 years, after its rediscovery way back in 1599 AD. In fact, the site of Pompeii has been a popular tourist destination for over 250 years – thus merging an unfortunate episode of history and the innate level of human curiosity. However beyond just the ‘popular’ impact of the disaster, there has always been the historical scope of the disaster. And to bring this realistic ambit to the fore, a 2009 exhibition named aptly as the ‘ A Day in Pompeii’ was showcased at the Melbourne Museum. Suffice it to say, the exhibition used 3D renderings to present a more accurate picture of the impending disaster that took place in 79 AD, and its baleful effects in the span of 48-hours surrounding the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. So, without further ado, you can take a gander at this fascinating animation that had successfully wowed over 330,000 visitors at the museum.

Now to accompany this visual scope, we have decided to also include a contemporary passage of the destruction of Pompeii. Pliny the Younger, described the scene of disaster in letters written to Cornelius Tacitus, a friend of his. Written a few years after the event, one of the passages of a second letter reads like this –

Ashes were already falling, not as yet very thickly. I looked round: a dense black cloud was coming up behind us, spreading over the earth like a flood.’Let us leave the road while we can still see,’I said,’or we shall be knocked down and trampled underfoot in the dark by the crowd behind.’We had scarcely sat down to rest when darkness fell, not the dark of a moonless or cloudy night, but as if the lamp had been put out in a closed room.

You could hear the shrieks of women, the wailing of infants, and the shouting of men; some were calling their parents, others their children or their wives, trying to recognize them by their voices. People bewailed their own fate or that of their relatives, and there were some who prayed for death in their terror of dying. Many besought the aid of the gods, but still more imagined there were no gods left, and that the universe was plunged into eternal darkness for evermore.

Source: Zero One Animation Youtube

  • Invictus Jo

    Fascinating … Great job done !

  • MatthewTanner

    Excellent, …by 1990s Nintendo standards.

    • Jeff Smith

      You’re the proverbial turd in the punch bowl. Go fuck yourself.

  • oki_mike100

    Well done, truly professional.

  • bbigfish

    What can you say but “WOW”

  • Ozhan Vuur

    very fascinating

  • Poppa Daddy

    I always thought it happened much quicker. Like Mt Saint Helen’s.

    • EboTebo

      Mt. St. Helens didn’t happen quickly!!

      • Chrispatrik

        The initial eruption of St. Helens happened very quickly. The super heated air of hundreds of degrees, traveling at up to 700 miles per hour instantly vaporized the limbs off all the trees and knocked them down in the direction of the “wind” all in a matter of seconds, so it was very fast indeed. The ash was hundreds of feet deep in areas near the mountain. I got 6 inches of it at my house 300 miles away from the mountain. It had been rumbling for months beforehand and there were some major eruptions days afterward and many minor eruptions for quite a while, but the initial blast was the real killer. If this animation is accurate, Mt. St. Helens was much worse near the mountain.

  • Philip Rowan Cooke

    I have been to the ruins and was surprised at how well intact a brothel was including signs to indicate this on the road.
    A lude picture of a large penis well made art on the road.

  • Linda Lee Orr

    Yes, well done… but, I am left without words at the stages of complete destruction! How large was this area of total wipe out? Have you estimated any tsunami from this event?

  • CJ Wolfe

    This animation accompanied the touring exhibit of artifacts recovered from the excavation of Pompeii, including replicas of the plaster casts that are all that remain of the people and animals that called Pompeii and Herculaneum home. It was sobering to see how quickly and completely such a natural disaster can wipe away everything that the Romans of the day took generations to build.

  • Wayne Johnson

    Very scary. The threat to Naples is still there.

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