January 2017 talk


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The volcano that changed the World: Tambora and the great eruption in 1815 by Dr. Ralf Gertisser (Keele University).

The year 2015 marked the bicentenary of the largest eruption in recent historic times: the 10-11 April 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia. In this talk, I will give an overview of the great eruption, its environmental effects both locally and world-wide, and the wide-ranging consequences that may be expected from a future Tambora-size eruption. I will further discuss the record we have of large past eruptions and show that, two hundred years after the catastrophic eruption of Tambora, the risk from volcanic eruptions in Indonesia remains amongst the highest in the world, with eruptions ranging from relatively small lava dome forming events to some of the largest eruptions ever witnessed on Earth.

The 1815 summit caldera of Tambora volcano, Sumbawa, Indonesia.

The 1815 summit caldera of Tambora volcano, Sumbawa, Indonesia.