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Volcano behind huge eruption that kick-started mini ice age identified

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A massive eruption may have kicked off the Late Antique Mini Ice Age

Putu Artana / Alamy Stock Photo

In the middle of the 6th century, a mini ice age that lasted 125 years and an outbreak of plague plunged the world into chaos. One of the key events that helped to kick it all off was the massive eruption of a volcano somewhere in the northern hemisphere. Now we may know when and where it happened.

Huge volcanic eruptions fling so much ash and debris into the atmosphere that sunlight is partially blocked out, …

Article amended on
30 August 2019

We corrected the location of the eruption that caused a mini ice age


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