Artwork showing eruption of Mt.Pelee, 1902

Artwork showing eruption of Mt.Pelee, 1902

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This image is part of the feature Volcanos By Hardy

Credit: DAVID HARDY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Illustration depicting the eruption of Mont Pelee, Martinique, on 8 May 1902. At 7.50am local time, an enormous black cloud was emitted by the volcano and rolled down its slopes toward the capital, St.Pierre. This was a nuee ardente, a cloud of hot gas, ash and rocks that moves like a fluid at incredible speeds. Despite an earlier fatal eruption, which destroyed a factory about a mile from the town three days before, St.Pierre was not evacuated before being engulfed. Over 28,000 people died in the eruption, the sole survivor being a prisoner in his cell. Three explosive eruptions have since been recorded, the last in 1932.

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Keywords: artwork, ash cloud, eruption, geology, mont pelee, nuee ardente, pelee, volcano

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