Top 10 Worst Volcanic Eruptions

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Let us have a look at the top 10 most devastating volcanic eruptions based on recorded death toll.


1.  Mt. Tambora, Indonesia, 1816 – Death Toll: 92000

volcano-tamboraThis cataclysmic event that happened on April 10-15, 1816 killed about 92,000 individuals which included 10,000 whose caused of death is due to the ash fall and explosion, and about 82,000 from other causes attributable to the volcanic eruption.


2. Mt. Pelee, West Indies, 1902 – Death Toll: 40000

volcano-peleePreviously believed to be a dormant volcano, Mt. Pelee started its devastating activity in the early 1902 and leveled the entire city of St. Pierre.


3. Mt. Krakatoa, Indonesia, 1883 – Death Toll: 36000

volcano-krakatoaThe devastation wrought by the volcanic explosion left 75% of the island in total ruin. The sound blast was the loudest that was ever recorded and was even heard as far as Australia.


4. Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia, 1985 – Death Toll: 23000

volcano-nevado-del-ruizThe death from these volcanic eruption was mainly due to the massive mudslides brought about by the melting of the ice cap of Nevado del Rio burying the City of Armero.


5. Mt. Unzen, Japan, 1792 – Death Toll: 15000

volcano-unzenThis volcanic eruption occurred along the very active Pacific Rim of Fire. This cataclysmic event led to avalanches and tsunami.


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