Mt. Paektu mystery: Biggest volcanic eruption but little effect on the climate?

The eruption of Mount Paektu in AD 946 was likely the largest volcanic event in recorded history – but evidence suggests it had a surprisingly small effect on the weather. 

Confused by this anomaly, a team of international researchers from Britain, North Korea, China, and the United States measured the sulfur levels in newly collected magma samples to determine exactly how much of the gas the famous North Korean mountain pumped out, and why it apparently had little climatic influence.

The mountain, which straddles the border of North Korea and China, is the subject of many songs and legends. More than 1,000 years ago, it was the site of what was likely the largest volcanic event in recorded history, dubbed the Millennium Eruption. When little earthquakes started shaking the mountain between 2002 and 2005, North Koreans began to worry that Paektu might be gearing up to blow. READ MORE.