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Krakatoa and plague (was Re: The birds vs. the pterosaurs)

Dann Pigdon wrote:
>Try several YEARS. The eruption of Krakatoa in 535 AD blocked out the
>sun in most parts of the world for 18 months. In places like Siberia,
>cold conditions persisted for about ten years or so. I think it's
>particularly interesting that the 535 eruption has been blamed (and
>probably rightly so) for the spread of bubonic plague from Africa into
>Europe for the first time in recorded history.

I have to ask, what is the connection between the eruption at Krakatoa and the spread of bubonic plague (caused by _Yersinia pestis_-carrying fleas) into Europe? I'm genuinely very curious.




Timothy J. Williams

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