In the Thirty and Fourth Year: A Geologist’s View of the Great Destruction in 3 Nephi


TitleIn the Thirty and Fourth Year: A Geologist’s View of the Great Destruction in 3 Nephi
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsKowallis, Bart J.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
Volume37
Issue3
Pagination136-190
Keywords3 Nephi; Eruption; Volcano
Abstract

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.