Five Volcanic Eruptions So Massive They Changed The World

We tend to think that humans can have the most disruptive impact on the planet. As these volcanic eruptions show, that’s really not the case.

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Tungurahua volcano, Ecuador. JUAN CEVALLOS/AFP/Getty Images

On May 18, 1980, the rumblings of Washington’s Mount St. Helens finally culminated in an eruption that lasted nine hours — and with a force 500 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

The mountain lost 14 percent of its elevation and the blast killed everything within 230 miles. 57 people died as a result, making it the most deadly volcanic eruption in U.S. history. But compared to eruptions throughout world history, it’s practically nothing.

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Photos Of The Day: Awe-Inspiring Volcanic Eruptions Around The World

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Mount St. Helens erupts on May 18, 1980. USGS/Robert Krimmel

On May 18, 1980, the United States suffered one of the most destructive natural disasters in history: The eruption of Mount St. Helens. Yet, over just the last ten years, even that eruption has been both equaled and eclipsed by other volcanoes around the world, ones that display the awesome power and beauty of one nature’s most devastating forces.

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7 Napoleon Bonaparte Facts They Don’t Teach You In History Class

Napoleon Bonaparte is one of the biggest names in history. Everybody’s heard of him, but there are some things you’ve probably never been told about the French emperor.

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Napoleon Bonaparte makes the short list of people who are most responsible for how the modern world came into being. From his May 18, 1804 installation as Emperor, this little average-sized man rose from a lowly artillery officer from a remote island to a height of power no European had enjoyed since Roman times.

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What Happens To Your Online Self After You Die?

We don’t know what happens after we die, but our virtual selves carry on in some surprising ways.

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EVERYBODY EVENTUALLY DIES, leaving the survivors to pick up the pieces and move on. In the past, this was simple; you died and somebody backed a truck up to your house and carried away your stuff. Today, however, a part of us lives on in our potentially immortal social media profiles.

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