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Volcanological studies in the Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri (Santorini, Greece) and in the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum (Vesuvius, Italy) have provided information about the precursory phenomena preceding the Minoan and AD 79 Plinian eruptions and the impact of the eruptive products on the human settlements. The Akrotiri settlement was badly damaged by earthquakes before the onset of the eruption. A building debris layer, related to these earthquakes, covers the Minoan soil. The fallout pumice bed, mantling the ruins, freezes a state of partial destruction of the settlement. The deposition of the following pyroclastic flows completed the...

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