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From: Jackie Doty <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Dark Days of 1785
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 08:55:43 -0700 (PDT)
I Googled volcanic activity around 1785. There was a lot of it. Some of the big eruptions:
One in the Mediterranean that produced "dry fog" in Italy.
A big one in the Kamchatka area.
Another long term explosion of Laki and Grimsvotn in Iceland lasting 2 years, 1783-1785.
Also stated in one article that "relatively minor eruptions could produce environmentally significant effects".
The explosion of Krakatoa in 1883 produced soundwaves that circled the globe a number of times as recorded in England, and startling sunsets for a number of years as shown in some famous artists' works. Global cooling also resulted in crop growing difficulties for a number of years.
Interestingly, a Saudi Muslim holy man went to Indonesia where he preached and blamed the explosion on the presence of the Dutch East India Company and other outsiders, resulting in the DEIC being driven from its operations in these areas.