“The Place of the City There Became a Great Mountain”

Bryan Richards

Hugh Nibley

"In September 1538 during a tremendous storm and tidal wave a volcanic mountain suddenly appeared and covered a town near Puzzuoli on the Bay of Naples; ever since, the mountain has been known as Monte Nuove, or New Mountain. The carrying up of the earth upon the city suggests the overwhelming of Pompeii by vast heaps of volcanic ash or the deep burial of Herculaneum under lava in 79 A.D. On the other hand, other cities were 'sunk, and the inhabitants thereof . . . buried up in the depths of the earth' (3 Nephi 9:6). This could have been an actual engulfment: in the great earthquake of 1755, which was felt all over Europe, the 'quay [at Lisbon] sank, with all the people on it, into a fissure, and no trace of quay or people was seen again.'" (Since Cumorah, p. 235)