Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’

A cataclysmic volcanic eruption in 536 was followed by 18 months of darkness, terrible cold, plague wiping out a third to one-half the population of the Eastern Roman Empire, two more major volcanic eruptions, and two centuries of economic collapse. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/why-536-was-worst-year-be-alive

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