The reaction has been, at least in the media, as if a great cataclysm had swept the party.
Bearing in mind that over 70 millennia have elapsed since the Toba cataclysm it would be no surprise, statistically speaking, if another super-eruption struck within the next hundred years.
One writer described it as resembling a geological cataclysm .
Apparently, during the time directly following the political cataclysm in the GDR, the churches were mainly perceived and appreciated as public institutions.
While, the countries of southeast Asia are counting the cost of the cataclysm , their economies are forecast to be further negatively impacted by the loss of tourism revenues.
Uranus and Neptune might have formed at about the time of the suspected cataclysm , and maybe they dragged Kuiper belt objects into collision courses with the other members of the solar system.
In fact, their disappearance from the rocky strata was so abrupt that it signalled a cataclysm .
I guess that every once in a while, we get a huge natural cataclysm to take the wind out of our sails, and to remind us of who's really in charge on this planet.
Thus, the ultimate question of a gradual decline of dinosaurs vs. a sudden cataclysm is almost intractable without a wealth of good data.
the cataclysm of the First World War