Monday, 2 January 2012

5th January - Eruption of Tambora

Bristol Natural History Society (Geology) - The Eruption Of Tambora - Jessica Kandlbauer  on Thursday 5th January 2012 at 19.30.
The 1815 Tambora eruption was one of the largest explosive eruptions in the last 1000 years. Over 60,000 people lost their lives during the eruption, mostly due to the consequent famine and epidemics as the ash fall destroyed crop harvests and contaminated water supply. The ash and gases released cooled the atmosphere by more than 1deg.C and the year of 1816 became known as 'the year without summer', leading to high food prices and serious famine even in Europe and North America. Would society face similar consequences today if such an eruption were to happen in the modern world?
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1 comment:

Richard said...

Thanks for Tambora link. It must have been bigger than Krakatoa or Santorini. I read that the biggest-ever eruption was in the Ordovician, and laid down the Big Bentonite streak seen widely in the
relevant strata.