A Dramatic 8-Minute Video Animation Of Pompeii's Last 48 Hours

June 1, 2018


This is 'A Day In Pompeii', an 8-minute animation created by Australian digital animation studio Zero One imagining what it might have looked like during the 48 hours that Mount Vesuvius began erupting and destroyed the city. It begins early in the morning with some ground tremors and the volcano beginning to smoke, then by 1PM things really start to get nasty, and by 8PM it basically looks like Mordor. It only gets progressively worse through the following day until it almost resembles the surface of the moon. I mean, if we actually knew what the surface of the moon looked like and didn't rely on 1960's and 70's Hollywood to imagine it for us. "Not this again." My grandma was right!

Keep going for the video, but don't expect a happy ending.

Thanks to hairless and Ashely G, who agree even the third Little Pig's house probably wouldn't have survived that.

  • Zachary Zarko

    Based on the archaeological images I've seen, I always imagined this as starting a lot more suddenly with a huge pyroclastic flow rushing down the slopes of Vesuvius and smothering the area almost instantly - essentially freezing everything like a snapshot in time.

  • Darren McCoy

    So why did everyone wait so long to evacuate? I would have imagined the end scene happening first. Everyone taken by surprise and frozen in place.

  • Mark

    This is exactly what I was thinking as well. This animation shows way too much time for most everyone to evacuate and everyone knows that the town was caught completely by surprise.
    The Pyroclastic flow should have come much earlier in the day in my opinion.

  • shashi

    maybe if everyone wasn't having siestas at 1pm

  • Jenness

    This was absolutely spellbinding. I can't wait to show this to my son. Bravo!

  • Meh

    Before watching: i'm really assuming the guy who out ran the flow to only get smashed by the pillar to be in this!

  • Bradical Best

    haha! I worked on this!!! it was a really great project!

  • Killer work man. Pretty terrifying, and I'm sure it's even more nuts in 3D!

  • GeneralDisorder

    It's pretty sweet.

    Did you have structural engineers to help with how the buildings looked and acted?

  • Bradical Best

    I am not sure to be honest - my role on it was more helping to model and texture some of the buildings in the foreground. We did have advice from a volcanologist about the various stages of the eruption, and some advice from Archaeologists about what the buildings were made from . The video was commissioned by Museum Victoria ( Melbourne Museum ) for an exhibition called " a day in Pompeii" and was exhibited in steroscopic 3d, alongside artifacts and fossils from the site.

  • James Mcelroy

    not even at the massage parlor? Why did they bother to put peens in the cobblestones then?

  • Jenness

    Because they were signs of good luck, humor, protection, kids wore little penises on pieces of string around their necks .. it was a different age and culture.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    I've seen Ancient Aliens and I have another theory. The eruption of Vesuvius was really caused by the launch of an alien spaceship that was built secretly inside (kind of like it was shown in the Incredibles). Your picture proves my theory is correct.


  • That's the plot of a Doctor Who episode... I think.

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