The Laki volcanic system Jada hunt

The Laki eruption wasn’t really a single event, but rather 8 months’ worth of lava flows and explosions that ejected an astounding ~14.7 km3 of basaltic lava that came out of 140 vents along a 23-km-long set of fissures and cones.
Laki system of Iceland before eruption
To the left is after the devastation and to the right is what the believe the eruption looked like.

In June 1783 the Laki volcano in Iceland began to erupt, and continued erupting for 8 months, causing a major environmental disaster. The eruption let out toxic sulfuric acid aerosols, which spread over northern latitudes and caused thousands of deaths. That summer, there were heat waves, widespread famines, crop failures, and livestock losses. Over 9,000 people died and 20,000 people were estimated dying, one third of the population of Iceland.

Laki fissure and flows

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