Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Farmers Jittery as World's Deadliest Volcano Rumbles

An AP/Yahoo article describes how increased activity at Mt. Tambora in Indonesia has caused farmers to start evacuating the area. This was the site of an eruption several times as powerful as the better-known eruption of Krakatoa. It wiped out 90,000 people and caused "the year without a summer" in the United States and Europe. Volcanologists say that it will take more than two centuries for the mountain to build up enough pressure to match the 1815 eruption, but that is small comfort to the people who live there and feel the earthquakes.

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