I think it was Krakatoa that was called “the loudest sound ever heard”
People 20 miles away lost their hearing. It was so bizarre to read a story about how suddenly everyone was walking around trying to figure out what happenened, but no one could hear anyone else.
Yeah, and Tambora was four times bigger. Imagine the sound it made.
It's not often that the very FIRST comment (the one from the person who posted the article) gets deleted.
I wonder what Virginia Ridgerunner said...
Great... one more 2012 event.
What do food stamps get you when there isn’t any food?
The good news is that even some of the major bad volcanoes can have small eruptions that do not threaten civilizations. Tambora erupted in 1967. It was minor. I think it's been too quickly for Tambora to nail us all on the level of 1815. I do not expect this to be something on the level of 1815 if for no other reason that 200 years is not a lot time in volcano time. It usually takes hundreds, if not thousands, of years between eruptions for there to be a massive eruption. Mt Pinatubo had an interval of about 2-3 thousand years between massive eruptions.
VEI 6 eruptions are rare. Pinatubo, Krakatoa, Laki (worst climate effect), Santa Maria, Novarupta (Alaska).
VEI 7 even rarer. Tambora, Possibly Baekdu mtn in 969, Taupo in 200AD, Possibly Santorini's Minoan eruption which most think was the basis of Atlantis around 2000BC.
VEI 8 eruptions have occured a handful of times in human history. Yellowstone about 600,000 years ago. Toba about 75,000 years ago. Lake Taupo around 25,000 years ago.