Monday, March 27, 2006
Sorry, wrong volcano!
In 1961, the Soviets tested Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear explosive ever at 57 "megatons", powerful enough to give a person 100 km away 3rd degree burns.
But Tsar Bomba was puny compared to the volcano Krakatoa which exploded in 1883 with a force of about 200 megatons. "The sound of Krakatoa's destruction is believed to be the loudest sound in recorded history, reaching levels of 180 dBSPL 100 miles (160 km) away."
However, I am most stunned to learn, after all these years, that Krakatoa is NOT "east of Java". It is, in fact, west.
Another, even huger volcano, Tambora is east of Java. Tambora went off in 1815 and put so much sunlight-blocking ash into the air that the the year following was known as "the year without a summer".