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.