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1600: Strongest Volcano Explosion in the History of South America

1600: Strongest Volcano Explosion in the History of South America
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It seems that the South American Indians attributed this eruption to the lack of bringing human sacrifices to god of death, Supay. The explosion was so strong that the ash from South America came as far as Russia.

On this day in 1600 the strongest volcanic explosion in the recorded history occurred in South America. The Huaynaputina volcano exploded in the Peruvian Andes, the height of 4,800 meters and a crater width of 2.5 kilometers.

Before the arrival of Europeans in South America, it seems that the Indians offered the volcano human sacrifices. The Spaniards, who came as conquistadors, abolished this practice. The eruption in 1600 was described by Fray Antonio Vazquez de Espinosa, a Carmelite monk.

It seems that the South American Indians attributed this eruption to the lack of bringing human sacrifices to god of death Supay. The explosion was so strong that the ash came from South America as far as Russia and caused the coldest winter in 600 years, which reportedly even led to the starvation of the Russian population.

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