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What type of volcano is Laki?

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Laki is both a mountain and a volcanic fissure. It erupted on June 8, 1783 and continued until February 1784, causing a devastating impact on the living beings and surrounding environment. The mountain was not completely breached by the fissure and only had small craters with lava.

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The eruption of Laki stunted the growth of plants and crops in Iceland, leading to the death of most of the island's livestock and causing a famine that killed one-fifth of its population. It caused a temperature decrease of 1 degree Celsius for the entire northern hemisphere. The resultant haze covered most of continental Europe and could be seen all the way from Syria.

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