Discovered: The Highland Volcano That Collapsed Ancient Rome

June 23, 2020 - General
The 10km-wide caldera on Alaska's Unmak Island formed during the 43 BC Okmok II eruption that contributed to the collapse of Rome. Source: Kerry Key (Columbia University, New York, NY/ Desert Research Institute

Following Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC extreme climate change led to crop failures which in turn fueled the increasing social unrest in Rome, adding greatly to the social disruption caused by the civil war, that bought the Republic to an Empire. 

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