Photo: Photo of a 1946 eruption of Paricutín, Mexico.. Public domain photo courtesy Wikipedia
from The Guardian
Posted by Dalya Alberge
Scientists search for the explosive source of a disaster that wiped out almost a third of Londoners in 1258.
When archaeologists discovered thousands of medieval skeletons in a mass burial pit in east London in the 1990s, they assumed they were 14th-century victims of the Black Death or the Great Famine of 1315-17. Now they have been astonished by a more explosive explanation – a cataclysmic volcano that had erupted a century earlier, thousands of miles away in the tropics, and wrought havoc on medieval Britons.
Scientific evidence – including radiocarbon dating of the bones and geological data from across the globe – shows for the first time that mass fatalities in the 13th century were caused by one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the past 10,000 years.. . . Read Complete Report
DIG DEEPER: Supervolcano.the Truth About Yellowstone.
Uploaded by 999yellowstone on Oct 11, 2011
Meet the experts who monitor the behaviour of the Yellowstone supervolcano. They face the awesome responsibility of predicting when the next super-eruption might next take place — and advising on what will happen when it does.