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Modern Humans Survived a Supervolcano That Rained Glass Over South Africa

The Toba eruption in Indonesia 74,000 years ago was so massive that its debris, including glass shards, likely fell atop a site inhabited by humans 5,592 miles away.

The research team has been excavating caves at Pinnacle Point, South Africa, for nearly 20 years. Glass shards from Mount Toba were discovered at the PP5-6 location. | Erich Fisher
A volcanic glass shard erupted 74,000 years ago from the Toba volcano in Indonesia found at an archaeological site nearly 5,592 miles away at Vleesbaai, South Africa
The glass shards at Pinnacle Point were carried nearly 5,592 miles from the source in Indonesia. | Erich Fisher