Weird Weather 1-500 AD

deathwoman7 AD

Famine accompanied pestilence in Judea.


10 AD

Famine reported in Ireland. Pestilence in Asia Minor, accompanied by earthquakes that went into Greece and Italy.


17 AD

Lydia suffered a tremendous earthquake. Roman and Greek historians such as Strabo, Eusebius, Tacitus, and Pliny the Elder chronicled the disaster. Pliny called it the “greatest earthquake in human memory.” Sardis, which had been the capital of Lydia, was destroyed and never recovered.


38 AD

Famine and disease reach from Italy to India. Babylon was nearly depopulated.


40 AD

Famine and pestilence stretched from Italy to India. Babylon was almost depopulated.


44-54 AD

While diseases reigned in Rome, Etna erupted, and brought more famine.


60 AD

Portugal and Galicia (Spain) suffered an earthquake, followed by a tsunami.


62 AD

Pompeii suffered an earthquake on February 5. Pompeii and Herculaneum were devastated, and researchers today question if this was a precursor to the Mt. Vesuvius eruption that buried Pompeii in 79 AD. Seneca the Younger reported that 600 sheep died from “tainted air,” suggesting the presence of volcanic gases.


79 AD

Mount Vesuvius erupted in late August. Clouds from the eruption rose over 20 miles into the air. The eruption’s raw power has been compared to several hundred thousand times that of the Hiroshima bomb. It remains one of the most catastrophic eruptions in European history. Not only was Pompeii buried, but so were several other cities, including Herculaneum.  The death toll was to expansive to estimate, but archeologists have discovered around 1,500 bodies just in current excavations around the two cities.


80 AD

Italy suffered one of the worst droughts in history. This brought on a horrible plague in Rome. Eight years later, 30,000 Romans had died of disease. Earthquakes, unusual storms, and bizarre “commotions of nature,” followed. Countless dead fish washed ashore along the coasts.


110 AD

England suffered an earthquake. Plague came to Wales. The Severn flooded the surrounding areas.


115 AD

Antioch endured a major earthquake on December 13. The nearby cities of Apamea and Beirut also suffered a tremendous damage. The quake brought about a tsunami and destroyed Caesarea Maritima. The estimated death toll was 260,000.


133 AD

Drought came to England. The Thames was nearly dried. The extended drought brought pestilences.


158 AD

Arabia and Rome were stricken with pestilence. Further “disruptions” of nature occurred. Swarms of locusts and caterpillars devoured food. The pestilence brought on fever, as well as gangrene of the extremities.


162 AD

The Tiber flooded. Famine came, as well as a strange pestilence. The air was “infected,” and the disease spread via human transmission to Antioch.


168 AD

Lucius Verus, Roman Emperor, was rumored to spread plague wherever he went. Disease followed him from Seleucia to Egypt, and then the Parthians.


173 AD

England endured a strangely harsh winter.


211 AD

Britain suffered a plague, but was also hit with an earthquake and the Trent flooded.


361-364 AD

Famine visited the Mediterranean region. Italy and Syria already suffered plague. Judea also suffered with drought, locusts, fatal disease, and eventually flooding.

362 AD

Drought, famine, and disease came to Libya, Sicily, and Greece, and all were followed by earthquakes.

365 AD

Crete suffered an earthquake on July 21. The epicenter of the event was believed to be just outside the city. The quake caused much destruction through Southern Greece, Northern Libya, Sicily, Cyprus, and even into Spain. Nearly everything in Crete was destroyed. The following tsunami seemed to only further annihilate and ships were hurled nearly two miles inland. The death toll was estimated be hundreds of thousands.


394-395 AD

Locusts swarmed Judea.


400-419 AD

Pestilence devastated Asia, Africa, and Europe. An earthquake then swallowed several cities in Palestine.


406 AD

Locusts swarmed in Egypt. Once they were dead, a terrible plague came.


410 AD

Rome suffered a famine so harsh that many citizens resorted to cannibalism.


446 AD

Constantinople was hit with a severe earthquake, wildfire, and pestilence.


464 AD

An earthquake hit Sparta in Greece. The historic death toll was estimated to be 20,000.


466 AD

A great, brown stone fell at Aegospotami during the time of Plutarch. It was said to be the size of a cart and became a regional landmark for centuries. It is difficult to pinpoint a precise time as the Greeks didn’t maintain a national calendar. Aristotle, Pliney the Elder, and Plutarch wrote about the event.


472 AD

Procopius wrote that black dust showers came to Constantinople, or Istanbul today.


476 AD

England was hit by a “plague of insects.”






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