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PeterSibley
05-27-2010, 06:46 AM
I recently watched a program on TV on the Laki volcanic eruption in 1783 .It was something I knew nothing about ,it was an enormous 12 month long eruption that killed 9000 Icelanders and spewed 126 million tons of SO2 into the atmosphere , a gas cloud that swirled around Western Europe of months .
It was responsible for around 100,000 deaths in Britain but the figures for France are not known .It had huge effects on agriculture and was followed by a period of food shortage ,the coldest winter in 200 years and floods .The climate was severely effected ,as it often is after volcanic eruptions .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laki

I found it remarkable that I hadn't heard of this event , I've read quite a bit of European history and never seen a mention .

This was just 6 years before the French Revolution , I wonder if this disaster was one of the triggers for unrest .

Has anyone read more on this ?

skuthorp
05-27-2010, 06:52 AM
There was an Icelandic vulcanologist talking about just this on a radio current affairs programme the other day. He was saying that Icelandic Air Traffic Control had been warning about the inevitability of the present event for years but no one wanted to know, and that this was just a small event.

C. Ross
05-27-2010, 06:54 AM
How an Icelandic volcano helped spark the French Revolution (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/15/iceland-volcano-weather-french-revolution)
An article from the Guardian in April.

But not as bad as the "Year Without a Summer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_Without_a_Summer)"

PeterSibley
05-27-2010, 06:56 AM
Small ? Miniscule !

PeterSibley
05-27-2010, 06:59 AM
How an Icelandic volcano helped spark the French Revolution (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/15/iceland-volcano-weather-french-revolution)
An article from the Guardian in April.

But not as bad as the "Year Without a Summer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_Without_a_Summer)"

Thank you Mr Ross , I feel my musings vindicated !:)

purri
05-27-2010, 07:04 AM
Allons mes enfants!

Mrleft8
05-27-2010, 07:39 AM
You might want to look up a book titled "The Volcano Lover". It covers this topic very well.

martin schulz
05-27-2010, 10:27 AM
I found it remarkable that I hadn't heard of this event , I've read quite a bit of European history and never seen a mention .

Neither have I.
I guess the typical enlightened human doesn't like the idea that "mere" natural incidents will profoundly affect human history.

Once nature steps in and creates chaos people start to get angry. This years winter was pretty rough over here and it took just 2 weeks of ice/snow for people to demand that the municipality should clear the streets. In the end all cities/villages ran out of salt, because people demanded clear asphalt instead of streets with compact snow + sand on it.

Naa...people believe that mankind is above nature.

Mrleft8
05-27-2010, 10:29 AM
Silly people!

ChaseKenyon
05-27-2010, 04:28 PM
Yah just know I have to check in on this one.

The historical impact of volcanoes environmentally, politically and culturally has been tremendous if you study it.


Consequences in North America
In North America, the winter of 1784 was the longest and one of the coldest on record. It was the longest period of below-zero temperatures in New England, the largest accumulation of snow in New Jersey, and the longest freezing over of the Chesapeake Bay. There was ice skating in Charleston Harbor, a huge snowstorm hit the south, the Mississippi River froze at New Orleans, and there was ice in the Gulf of Mexico.[15][16]

Captain Blight
05-27-2010, 05:33 PM
Au contraire, mes enfants, ce'etait l'etat de l'economie du Royaume Francais, crible par les dettes de la Guerre de Liberation Americaine, qui a provoque le crise, et non le volcan de six ans antan.
There is no possible way I can be both Keith Wilson and you when I grow up, you're just going to have to sort it out between yourselves.

purri
05-27-2010, 07:16 PM
^ ACB. Too true, that and the Quebecois "adventure"