It was in 1815, the island of Sumbawa in the East Indies blasted witnessing the most violent volcanic eruptions in history. Known as the “year without a summer”, 1816 saw a global cooling caused by sulfurous gases and fiery ashes from Mount Tambora.
117,000 people on the island, now part of Indonesia were killed by the explosions, which wiped out the tiny kingdom of Tambora on the volcano’s western flank. The town got buried under 10 feet of debris formed by the fast-moving avalanche of pumice and ash. Only 4 of its estimated 10,000 residents survived the dreadful phenomenon.
Astoundingly, a team of American and Indonesian scientists discovered a lost kingdom of Tambora. Bronze bowls, ceramic pots, fine china, glass, and iron tools are uncovered in gullies running through the jungle growth 15 miles from the volcano, scientists of the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island reported.
Via: New York Times