"Pompeii of the East"

A Rhode Island professor has unearthed the first remnants of an Indonesian village buried under volcanic ash nearly 200 years ago. Haraldur Sigurdsson has been studying the volcano — Mount Tambora — for the past 20 years. Sigurdsson is a volcanologist at the University of Rhode Island.

The eruption of Mount Tambora was the most violent explosion in recorded history, killing more than 92,000 people. It was so loud it was reported to be heard 1,700 miles away and its vibrations were felt 1,000 miles away.

This program aired on February 28, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.


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