April 10 1815 – Mount Tambora in Indonesia Begins Erupting

April 10 1815 – Mount Tambora in Indonesia Begins EruptingRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Six hundred miles east of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, Mount Tambora stretches nearly 9,000 feet above the Java Sea on the island of Sumbawa. On April 10, 1815, the towering peak exploded violently, killing more than 70,000 people as it spewed rock and ash high into the atmosphere. The eruption, lasting more than three months, is the largest in recorded history and, arguably, the most influential on a global scale. Jutting from the northwestern corner of Sumbawa Island, Mount Tambora is just one of several volcanoes along the archipelago that makes up Indonesia. […]