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The Bubonic Plague Killed 10,000 People Per Day in Constantinople

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In the 6th century, fairly little was known about containing epidemics. Here are the factors that allowed the bubonic plague to fester and spread.

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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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