SOUND HEARD ROUND THE WORLD: A lithograph of the massive 1883 eruption of Krakatoa.Wikipedia
The 1883 eruption on Krakatoa may be the loudest noise the Earth has ever made.
BY AATISH BHATIA
On August 27, 1883, the Earth let out a noise louder than any it has made since.
It was 10:02 a.m. local time when the sound emerged from the island of Krakatoa, which sits between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. It was heard 1,300 miles away in the Andaman and Nicobar islands (“extraordinary sounds were heard, as of guns firing”); 2,000 miles away in New Guinea and Western Australia (“a series of loud reports, resembling those of artillery in a north-westerly direction”); and even 3,000 miles away in the Indian Ocean island of Rodrigues, near Mauritius (“coming from the eastward, like the distant roar of heavy guns.”)1In all, it was heard by people in…