The eruption of the Icelandic volcano Hekla may have led to the collapse of multiple thriving Bronze Age societies. (Credit: Abraham Ortelius/Wikimedia Commons)
Life, as they say, goes on. Until one day
it doesn’t. For ancient societies, without the means to predict natural
disasters, destruction could often come suddenly and completely by surprise.
Below are four of the most devastating natural events in recorded human
history, and the societies that they wiped off the map.