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Joe Bodego‘s Today’s Memory

Joe Bodego‘s Today’s Memory

Joe Bodego‘s Today’s Memory


Mount Pelée eruption

Originally shared by Joe Bodego

May 8 1902 Eruption of Mount Pellée

Mount Pelée in Martinique, West Indies, and Lassen Peak and Mono domes in California are examples of lava domes.

An extremely destructive eruption accompanied the growth of a dome at Mount Pelée in 1902. The coastal town of St. Pierre, about 4 miles downslope to the south, was demolished and nearly 30,000 inhabitants were killed by an incandescent, high-velocity ash flow and associated hot gases and volcanic dust. Only two men survived; one because he was in a poorly ventilated, dungeon-like jail cell and the other who somehow made his way safely through the burning city.

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