From the archives: Volcanoes

The Japanese government’s secret volcano; the capital city destroyed by a volcano in 1997; the eruption that killed the creator of one of the first encyclopedias; a volcano disrupted world weather in 1808, but we have no idea which one it was.

Metropolitan Museum of Art [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

In 1943 a new volcano emerged from the ground in Hokkaido. The Japanese government kept it a secret for more than two years.


Plymouth, the capital of Montserrat, was destroyed by a volcano in 1997. It remains Montserrat’s official capital city, despite having zero residents.


Pliny the Elder, author of one of the world’s first encyclopedias, died trying to rescue people from Pompeii.


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Bachelot Pierre J-P [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

An 1808 volcanic eruption disrupted weather worldwide – but we don’t know which volcano it was.

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