Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Deadliest Volcano In the Planet Is Ready to Explode Again

Gizmodo  - The last time the deadliest volcano in the planet exploded it was 1815. It killed more than 71,000 people on the spot and it was responsible for a volcanic winter that caused the worst worldwide famine of the 19th century.

Now it may explode again.

Its name is Mount Tambora and it’s located in the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia. And while it wasn’t the most powerful volcano explosion in history, it’s the one that caused most direct and indirect deaths.

When it happened in April 1815, Sumbawa was obliterated. The caldera collapsed then, following some months of heavy activity. Most of the island’s population was killed and its vegetation was reduced to ashes. Some trees were uprooted and pushed into the sea along with ash, creating three-mile-long rafts. And tsunamis generated by the explosion affected islands nearby.           More