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|Title||In the Thirty and Fourth Year: A Geologist’s View of the Great Destruction in 3 Nephi|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1997|
|Authors||Kowallis, Bart J.|
|Journal||BYU Studies Quarterly|
|Keywords||3 Nephi; Eruption; Volcano|
Geological studies and eyewitness accounts of volcanic activity show the likelihood that the massive destruction reported in 3 Nephi was caused by an explosive volcanic eruption. About three hundred years ago, a cataclysmic volcanic eruption occurred off of the northeastern coast of Papua New Guinea. No written history of this eruption exists, but local legends abound concerning the event.
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