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From Wildfires To Volcano Eruptions, These Five Natural Disasters Left Behind Thousands Of Casualties

Mount Tambora Eruption, 1815

The Mount Tambora Eruption was the largest eruption recorded not only in Indonesia, but in history. According to NASA, the exploded rock that blasted into the atmosphere could be seen from 808 miles away. As a result of this natural disaster, the Earth’s temperature dropped by 1 degree Fahrenheit.

Image courtesy of ElMundo

Consequently, 1816 became known as the “year without a summer” in the Northern Hemisphere. An estimated 11,000 people died immediately from fast-moving solid lava, and 10,000 more casualties were recorded from food shortages in the following years due to the reduction of sunlight.

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