Ancient Humans May Have Survived Supervolcano Eruption Nearly 74,000 Years Ago

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About 74,000 years ago, a volcanic eruption rocked in Indonesia. For a long time, experts thought that the ash from the eruption of Mount Toba threw the Earth into a “volcanic winter” that threatened the survival of the human species. Researchers estimate
that the blast was about 5,000 times larger than Mount St. Helen’s in the 1980s. It might sound apocalyptic, but new evidence found in north central India, which would have been coated in Toba’s ash, suggests that the volcano’s effects have been overstated—and ancient hominids were resilient enough to adapt and survive.

Period29 Feb 2020

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  • TitleAncient Humans May Have Survived Supervolcano Eruption Nearly 74,000 Years Ago
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletSmithsonian Magazine
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited States
    Date29/02/20
    DescriptionAbout 74,000 years ago, a volcanic eruption rocked in Indonesia. For a long time, experts thought that the ash from the eruption of Mount Toba threw the Earth into a “volcanic winter” that threatened the survival of the human species. Researchers estimate that the blast was about 5,000 times larger than Mount St. Helen’s in the 1980s. It might sound apocalyptic, but new evidence found in north central India, which would have been coated in Toba’s ash, suggests that the volcano’s effects have been overstated—and ancient hominids were resilient enough to adapt and survive.
    Producer/AuthorTheresa Machemer
    URLhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-shows-super-volcano-eruption-was-survivable-180974298/
    PersonsKira Westaway