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Nature 288, 252 - 253 (20 November 1980); doi:10.1038/288252a0

A new date for the Taupo eruption, New Zealand

C. J. N. Wilson*, N. N. Ambraseys, J. Bradley & G. P. L. Walker§

*Geology Department and Civil Engineering Department, Imperial College, London SW7 2BP, UK
East Asian History of Science Library, 16 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 2BB, UK
Present address: 18 Juniper Lane, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002.
§Geology Department, University of Auckland, Private Bag, Auckland, New Zealand

The Taupo eruption was a complex volcanic event that represents the most recent activity at the Taupo Volcanic Centre1 in the North Island of New Zealand. The average2 of many radiocarbon ages dates the eruption at ~AD 130. The records of ancient China and Rome refer to events in ~AD 186 of the type which follow a major volcanic eruption, and we present here reasons for considering that these events were due to the Taupo eruption, and that the true date of the eruption is ~AD 186.

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