TWO HUNDRED years since a huge volcanic eruption turned Europe’s summer into winter – forcing people to eat cats and dogs in the street to stay alive – experts have warned mankind is NOT prepared for a similar event THIS century.
The deadly eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia sparked what was known as the ‘Year Without Summer’ in 1815 as crops failed and livestock died in much of the Northern Hemisphere – causing the worst famine for hundreds of years.
However, academics have warned that the chances of a similar disaster happening in the next 85 years, which could see the Earth flung back into a “pre-civilisation state”, was estimated to be as high as one in 10.
Due to dense population, an eruption which killed tens of thousands only two centuries ago would now be “cataclysmic” for today’s population, the authors warned.
“Large volcanic eruptions have the potential to impact climate, anthropogenic infrastructure and resource supplies on a global scale,” the panel of geologists, economists and climate scientists from the European Science Foundation have written in a new paper.
“Under the present conditions of a global civilisation facing food, water and energy scarcity, the largest eruptions during the Holocene [the most recent geological epoch, which began about 12,000 years ago] would have had major global consequences.”
Britain would be in particular danger to the aftermath of a large eruption from the Phlegraean Fields or Vesuvius in Italy or a powerful blast from Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland, whose 2010 eruption caused air traffic chaos across Europe.
The authors of the report added: “An obvious question arises: if a VE1 3-4 eruption in northern Europe blocked air traffic for one week… what would be the consequences of a larger eruption of say, VEI 7?”
Full article: Experts’ warning over volcanic eruption that could push Europe into darkness THIS CENTURY (Express)