In April 1815, the most powerful volcanic blast in recorded history shook the planet in a catastrophe so vast that 200 years later, investigators are still struggling to grasp its repercussions. It played a role, they now understand, in icy weather, agricultural collapse and global pandemics — and even gave rise to celebrated monsters.
And here I thought that the only natural disasters to fear were earthquakes!
If another eruption of this scale occurs in my life time, its quite unlikely that Singapore would survive. There’s just no way to protect yourself from mountains of ash and the challenge to daily living a disaster like that poses.
But some things don’t add up. If crops failed around the world and the effects of the blast so monstrous as described the whole of indonesia’s people would have been wiped out. Since the article is from an american paper I don’t blame him for focusing on the effects in his region, but it’s probably worth me getting hold of this book so that I can see what the effects were like in South East Asia.