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The Sound That Circled The Earth

Aatish Bhatia | Nautilus | 29th September 2014

The noise from the volcanic explosion at Krakatoa near Java in 1883 was not only the loudest sound ever made on Earth; it was as loud as any sound on Earth possibly could be, given the laws of physics. It did not travel through the air, but pushed the air before it, in a shock-wave that shattered the ear-drums of sailors 40 miles away. Three thousand miles away it was heard "like distant guns". (1,260 words)

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