Mount Tambora in Indonesia

Mount Tambora is an active volcano on Sumbawa Island, Indonesia. The 1815 eruption of the volcano was the largest eruption since the Lake Taupo (New Zealand) eruption in 181 A.D. Its last recorded eruption was in 1967, although there has been an increase in activity around the volcano since 2011. Related BRANCH Article: Gillen D'Arcy Wood, “1816, The Year without a Summer”



Latitude: -8.247924600000
Longitude: 117.991101000000

Timeline of Events Associated with Mount Tambora in Indonesia

Date Event Manage
5 Apr 1815

Eruption of Tambora

Mount TamboraEruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia on 5 April 1815. Image: the summit caldera of Mount Tambora. This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA. NASA copyright policy states that "NASA material is not protected by copyright unless noted."

This geological event led to the “Year Without a Summer,” the worldwide effect of atmospheric debris and aerosols on climate and crops, especially severe in Eastern North America, Western Europe, and China. In fact, the "Year Without a Summer" belongs to a three-year period of severe climate deterioration of global scope caused by the eruption. With plummeting temperatures, and disruption to major weather systems, human communities across the globe faced crop failures, epidemic disease, and civil unrest on a catastrophic scale.


Gillen D'Arcy Wood, "1816, The Year without a Summer"

Martin Meisel, "On the Age of the Universe"