Welcome to this week’s History Thread! Today is the 136th anniversary of the eruption of Krakatoa, one of the largest and most destructive volcanic events in modern history. After several months of gas emissions and preliminary explosions, the volcano (located in an uninhabited island in Indonesia) finally blew in a series of horrifyingly loud and apocalyptically destructive eruptions. The noise was so loud it was heard 3,000 miles away in Australia, making it the loudest sound in history. Over 36,000 people died either directly or indirectly from the eruption, which caused massive tsunamis across the world and affected temperatures and weather patterns throughout the world for years afterwards. The Atlantic archived a vintage article from 1884 here.