Iceland’s Laki Volcano Eruption (Moduhardindin, 1783)

“On 8 June, 1783, the young country of Iceland – inhabited for less than 1,000 years – had a population of 50,000. In the coming years, as a result of what began that Sunday morning at 9am, 10,000 of those people would die…The noxious fog travelled down through Norway, Germany, France and across to Britain, causing panic when farm labourers began dropping like flies. People at this time had no idea where the fog had come from or that sulphur dioxide was mixing with water vapour in the lungs to choke victims. Research into parish records has led to estimates of more than 20,000 deaths in Britain alone during the summer of 1783.”


2 Responses to “Iceland’s Laki Volcano Eruption (Moduhardindin, 1783)”

  1. May 13, 2010 at 09:32

    this was a great site for me to find some cool information on what i was looking for. Thank-You.


  2. 2 william
    April 26, 2010 at 03:28

    as our mother earth lets of steam
    may she clean our souls
    and respect the dream
    of time spent within
    simplicity of family and community
    with the social conditioning debt and addiction never to be sung again to all the brothers sisters children and elders love and peace


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