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The World-Altering Supervolcano and How It Erupted

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The World-Altering Supervolcano and How It Erupted

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In 536 A.D., a caldera beneath Lake Ilopango in El Salvador erupted, raining destruction on the Mayan people below. It went on to have devastating consequences worldwide.

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In 536 A.D., the greatest volcanic catastrophe in human history rocked Central America and set off a lethal chain of events, from climate change to famine to the Bubonic plague. How could one volcano have such a cataclysmic effect? Follow experts in environmental hazards as they investigate the eruption that smothered the planet with billions of tons of ash. Then see how new evidence and theories have shed new light on the apocalyptic disaster that destroyed empires and gave birth to the Dark Ages.

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