La Catastrophe: Mount Pelée and the Destruction of Saint-Pierre, Martinique
On May 8, 1902, on the Caribbean island of Martinique, the volcano Mount PelÃ©e loosed the most terrifying and lethal eruption of the twentieth century. In minutes, it killed 27,000 people and levelled the city of Saint-Pierre. In La Catastrophe, Alwyn Scarth provides a gripping day-by-day and hour-by-hour account of this devastating eruption, based primarily on chilling eyewitness accounts.
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The eruption begins
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Abbé Parel acting governor Alfred Lacroix April arrived Ascension Day ash and dust August blast boat burned burnt Captain Carbet catastrophe Château de Vincennes citizens of Saint-Pierre cloud Colonies Commander Le Bris crater danger dead earthquakes Emile Berté Emilie Dujon escaped Etang Sec Eugène Guérin evacuation explosions Father Mary ﬁnd ﬁre ﬁrst ﬁve ﬂood Fort-de-France France French fumes Gaston Landes Governor Mouttet Guadeloupe Guérin factory island leave Saint-Pierre Lhuerre lives magma Martinique mayor Monsieur Montferrier Morne-Rouge morning Mount Pelée mountain mudflow night no-one nuée ardente panic Peléan eruptions Pierre pirogues Place Bertin plantation Pouyer Quertier Précheur rain reached refugees Riviere Blanche Riviere Claire rocks Roddam Roraima Rubis ruins Saint Saint Lucia Saint-Pierre Sainte-Luce scientiﬁc seemed ship shore soon stayed steam steamer Suchet sulphur summit survivors terriﬁed took Valkyrien valley vent vessels victims village volcanic eruptions volcano Volcanology wave