From Doug (co-author and technical adviser
"Cataclysm in Blue Water:"
"It’s 79 AD at the peak of the Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity. The eruption of Vesuvius destroys Pompeii and Herculaneum. This is the backdrop of the new Hollywood movie, “Pompeii,” with the background of all the politics and social issues of that era. Now, track back over 1500 years to the eruption of Santorini during the peak of the Minoan empire and well before the Mycenean, Greek and Roman civilizations that, with the Minoans, left so much legacy for Western Civilization. Santorini, considered by many the second largest volcanic eruption in history, an order of magnitude larger than Vesuvius, and the source of the legend of Atlantis, had many similarities and many differences to Vesuvius. The generation of lava bombs and the pyroclastic flows so vividly depicted in “Pompeii” were a characteristic of Santorini."