Pompeii was the Roman resort town that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD, which happened so suddenly that people were frozen in their tracks, turned into statues of ash. Now a previously unknown Pompeii-type site has been discovered in Indonesia. This eruption took place about 2,000 years later than Pompeii. Scientists are worried that it could happen again.
Justin Huggler writes in the Independent that the lost Indonesian city on the island of Sumbaw was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815. Archeologists have found the remains of a thatched hut with the carbonized bodies of two people inside, but they think that at least 10,000 people were killed.