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.


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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What We Loved This Week, May 8 – 14

Sailing to the South Pole, a dreamy catalogue of one girl’s teen years, nightmare-inducing vintage photos, National Geographic’s best travel photos, and the evolution of women’s swimwear.

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Creepy Vintage Photos That Will Give You Nightmares

Creepy Mask Girl

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Looking at old vintage photos out of context is a reliable recipe for creepiness. Most of the images can’t be explained, which leads the mind to create the story behind the photo. We don’t know what else to say about these photos other than don’t look at them before bed! These photos are things of nightmares.

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Creepy Vintage Doll

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