New Italian Study Indicates Cause of Death for Pompeii Victims in 79 A.D. Was Heat, Not Ash

A new study published in PLoS ONE suggests that high temperatures killed the residents of Pompeii within ten seconds of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius 2,000 years ago. Study of eruption products and victims now indicate that heat up to 600 degrees Celsius was the main cause of death rather than ash suffocation, as previously thought. Read more about this story here.