Mount Vesuvius gets the back-seat treatment in lousy 'Pompeii'

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  • Sauron@CA San Luis Obispo, CA
    March 6, 2014 12:42 a.m.

    Exactly!!! One should not forget that soil around Volcanic peaks and chains is the most fertile on Earth...Even if volcanoes were restless in ancient times, people just wouldn't move because of "prime estate land" and because "they could always "appease the Gods" by giving offerings...Vulcano was the Roman God of the "mountains of fire", highly revered...The Mayans, the Aztecs and the Incas all new the price of living at the shadows of rumbling fire mountains, and yet they built impressive civilizations around them. Still in doubt? Check the peoples of central Java in Indonesia, the huge Japanese cities around volcanoes, today's Italians living at the foot of Mt.Etna! Or even Reikjavik's Islanders living and fishing in a volcano plagued land; do they leave? Maybe when things really become nasty...Did the ancients leave their volcanic lands? Not even if it was their last minutes in this world!!!!

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 21, 2014 5:26 p.m.

    "If you lived next door to a volcano and for three days you had been hearing suspicious rumblings, noticing unexplained fissures of steam and spying cracks in the walls of your house, you’d probably pack it up and leave town, right?"

    Really? How many people in Utah (and other places - like Florida) live in houses that are showing cracks or the land is sliding away into sink holes or the ocean and they just stay there?

    When it's happening in real life, why wouldn't it happen in a movie?