The size and frequency of the largest explosive eruptions on Earth

@article{Mason2004TheSA,
  title={The size and frequency of the largest explosive eruptions on Earth},
  author={B. G. Mason and David M. Pyle and Clive Oppenheimer},
  journal={Bulletin of Volcanology},
  year={2004},
  volume={66},
  pages={735-748}
}
A compilation and analysis of the size and frequency of the largest known explosive eruptions on Earth are presented. The ‘largest’ explosive events are defined to be those eruptions yielding greater than 1015 kg of products (>150 times the mass of the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo). This includes all known eruptions with a volcanic explosivity index (VEI) of 8. A total of 47 such events, ranging in age from Ordovician to Pleistocene, are identified, of which 42 eruptions are known from the… 
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