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Samalas 1257: the eruption that shook the Middle Ages – Film and Q&A

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Samalas 1257: the eruption that shook the Middle Ages – Film and Q&A

January 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


During three decades, scientists from all over the world have been searching for the volcano that caused the “mystery eruption”, only recorded by its sulphate signature in polar ice sheets, dated CE 1258. This eruption is suspected to have triggered major climate perturbations in the Northern hemisphere during the 13th century. In 2012, a group of scientists collected pieces of evidence all over the world to find the source of the mystery eruption. This documentary tells how a giant volcanic eruption on a small Indonesian island on the Pacific Ring of Fire wreaked global havoc in the mid-13th century, causing summer to turn to winter and leaving millions starving…

Dr Celine Vidal, volcanologist in the Department of Geography and Research Associate at Hughes Hall will present the film on the discovery of the eruption of the Samalas volcano in Indonesia, which was the subject of her PhD thesis. The film will be followed by a Q&A session.

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01223 334898


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