With the recent eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, it’s only fair to commemorate some of the greatest, most destructive volcano eruptions in history.
Deccan Traps – Deccan Plateau, India – 23-27 million years ago
This gigantic explosion was in the time of the dinosaurs, and some geologists hypothesize it to be the real cause of their extinction – not asteroid impact.
Volcanoes – the dinosaur kryptonite.
Yellowstone Supervolcano – Wyoming, United States – 640,000 years ago
When this volcano erupted, it sent over 250 cubic miles of material up into the air. If it were to erupt again, it would cover the United States with a three foot deep layer of ash over its entire surface area. If that doesn’t scare you enough, consider the fact that this thing is predicted to erupt every 600,000 years – and we’re already 640,000 years away from the last explosion. To top that off, tremors have been reported recently in the Yellowstone area.
Artists depiction of what will occur if the volcano erupts.
Mount Vesuvius – Pompeii, Roman Empire – 79 A.D.
You just woke up. This is the view from your backyard.
This volcano eruption is one of the most well known, and for good reason. It’s because it absolutely demolished a large Roman city. Or, rather, it buried it and all of its inhabitants under 22 meters of ash and dust. It buried them so well, and so immediately, that very preserved skeletons of Roman citizens were found after excavation, standing like statues. Even now, it’s considered by many to be the most dangerous volcano in the world – as an eruption would potentially kill or injure three million people.
Krakatoa – Sunda Strait, Indonesia – 1883
Firin’ mah lazer!
The eruption of this volcano was so intense that it caused 150-foot tsunamis to rock the surrounding areas, killing tens of thousands of people. In fact, it was so intense that the volcano created another volcano – which is still active to this day (Anak Krakatoa).