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This month we explore the power of volcanoes. Two of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history occurred in August—Vesuvius in AD 79 and Krakatoa in 1883. The latter was one of the most catastrophic eruptions in history. Click on the links below to explore Britannica’s coverage of volcanoes and related phenomena.

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