History’s deadliest mountain rumbled ominously this month.
“Bold farmers in Indonesia routinely ignore orders to evacuate the slopes of live volcanoes, but those living on Tambora took no chances when history’s deadliest mountain rumbled ominously this month,” says this article on Yahoo.com
“Villagers like Hasanuddin Sanusi have heard since they were young how the mountain they call home once blew apart in the largest eruption ever recorded — an 1815 event widely forgotten outside their region — killing 90,000 people and blackening skies on the other side of the globe.
“So, the 45-year-old farmer didn’t wait to hear what experts had to say when Mount Tambora started being rocked by a steady stream of quakes. He grabbed his wife and four young children, packed his belongings and raced down its quivering slopes.
“Aside from a few minor bursts in steam in the 1960s, the mountain has been quiet for much of the last 200 years.”
Then, in April of this year, “volcanic quakes jumping from less than five a month to more than 200.” At the same time, it “started spewing ash and smoke into the air, sometimes as high as 1,400 meters (4,600 feet), ” something that observers hadn’t seen in their lifetimes.
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Thanks to Christian E. for this link.
As I posted on September 9th, Tambora’s cataclysmic eruption in April of 1815 was the most powerful eruption in recorded history and lowered global temperatures by as much as 3 degrees °C.
A year after the eruption, most of the northern hemisphere experienced sharply cooler temperatures during the summer months.
In parts of Europe and in North America, 1816 was known as “the year without a summer.”