Day was suddenly turned into night as the once peaceful mountain, suddenly sprang into life. Huge black gusts of smoke. rolled from the mouth of the crater. The earth began to tremble, and a thundering noise drowned all the usual sounds of the city. People ran from their houses clutching their possessions, while the mountain which they had loved and cultivated, commenced to fling pieces of molten rock and ash hundreds of feet into the air.
Five rivers of glowing, thick, red lava, flowed down the sides of the erupting mountain, while the fumes of the volcano spread a terrible smell. Buildings were shaken to ruin and molten rock set temples, fields, and vineyards alight. The large city was destroyed in a few hours, while its unsuspecting inhabitants were still at their daily tasks.