Posted By admin on October 11, 2010
Archaeological expert, Charles Pelligrino (author of “Ghosts of Vesuvius”) compares the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD to the loss of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Through science, he attempts to explain the physics of both events. He approaches the collapse of the World Trade Center using volcano physics. He has extensively studied how structures and objects behave during events such as volcanoes.
The parallels with the two events are not immediately seen but he explains the beginning with the collapse of the towers, there are distinct similarities. As I began to watch the program I thought his approach would be to take what he knows about volcano behavior and make the comparisons between the two events. While this is done I becomes clear me that the collapse of the towers gives him a clearer understanding of what happened at Pompeii nearly two centuries ago.
What leads me to this conclusion his ability to research up close the effects of the collapsed buildings and actually interview survivors of the tragedy. He interviews Port Authority Policeman Lt. Robert Vargas. Lt Vargas was one floor underground in the south tower as it collapsed. He was the only person to walk out of the south tower after its collapse.
Firefighter John Morabito, who was standing at the bottom of the north tower when the south tower collapsed, tells his story of what he saw and experienced and that he walked away without a scratch.
FDNY Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto relates how he and 13 others survived the collapse of the north tower.
While the energy released during the fall of the towers was tremendous, killing nearly three thousand in the towers and dozens on the street below, this energy is minuscule compared to the energy released by a volcano. Pelligrino estimates the energy releases by the collapsing towers to by one-tenth of the atomic blast at Hiroshima. By comparison, Vesuvius was the equivalent of 100,000 Hiroshima bombs.
There are three main points of comparison between Vesuvius and Sept 11:
- The Column Collapse
- The Surge Cloud
- The Shock Cocoons
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At Vesuvius, column collapse refers the falling debris that was held aloft for hours by the force of the eruption itself until its weight was so great that gravity took over and 20 mile high column of rock, dust and superheated air came crashing to earth destroying everything in its path. For the World Trade Center, the collapse of the towers themselves provides the name.
The surge cloud forms when the downward energy is converted into dense clouds of gas and dust which then spread out horizontally. Surge clouds take on the properties of fluid dynamics and can have the destructive force of a tsunami.
Shock cocoon is a term Pelligrino uses to describe an area of preservation in the midst of all the devastation of the surrounding area. For Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto and 13 others it was a 4 by 6 foot area on the 6th floor of north tower that protected them. For the most part these shock cocoons are small areas and while they exist in all major disaster areas, their locations are random.