The Largest Volcanic Eruption in Recorded History

In 1815, Indonesia’s Mount Tambora blew its top and threw shade at the people of Earth after what is now known as the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history.

In North America we love our summers. We are basically trained to love them. From an early age we are taught that our calendar breaks up into school, and summer holidays.

Everybody Loves Summer

Ah the endless lazy hazy days… Alas, childhood summers fade into the background as adulthood ushers many of us out of the sunshine, and into factories, cubicles and office jobs…But even after you leave school, summers are still a time for outdoor barbecues, beach visits, pool parties, and spending time outside. Sure, when we have to work shifts that take this outside time away, we all get a bit grumpy—but it could be so much worse.

Mount Tambora
When Mount Tambora erupted it out-ranked both Mount St. Helens and Vesuvius on the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI). Image:

And we are not talking about a “rain on every long weekend” kind of no-summer. We are talking about something a lot more serious.

explosive eruption
The early stage of an explosive eruption, seen from space. Image: NASA

200 years ago, we had a year that is actually known as “the year without a summer”. In April of 1815, Mount Tambora (located in Indonesia) blew its top.