Trouble in paradise

On May 8, 1902, Mt. Pelée erupted on the island of Martinique, obliterating an entire city and claiming almost 30,000 lives. The eruption also revolutionized geologists’ nascent understanding of volcanoes and the myriad ways they can explode. Read more in my story for EARTH Magazine.

After the eruption devastated the town of St. Pierre, a spine of rock rose out of the crater throughout the summer of 1902. (Credit: unknown author, public domain)
After the eruption devastated the town of St. Pierre, a spine of rock rose out of the crater throughout the summer of 1902. (Credit: unknown author, public domain)
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