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The Last Days of St. Pierre: The Volcanic Disaster That Claimed 30,000 Lives

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On May 8, 1902, Mont Pelée on the island of Martinique exploded. A deadly cloud of steam and ash churned through plantations and villages, flattened the grand city of St. Pierre, then thundered into the bay where it sank eighteen ships and hundreds of smaller craft. Within a minute or two, nearly 30,000 humans died. The splintered rubble of their homes and belongings ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Rutgers University Press
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Michael
Jan 15, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
I am now officially afraid of volcanos. Yup, thanks to this book, I am a volcanophobiac. Something about the prospect of being flash cooked that just isn't overly appealing to me. Breathing 1200 degree air, getting pummeled by rocks, raining hot ash, boiling hot mud slides.....nope, nope, nope and nope. I learned that volcanos are pretty much natures atom bomb. Ever heard of a pyroclastic surge? Me neither. But now there isn't anything in the world I want to avoid more. This is a very good book ...more
Susan Berry
Oct 31, 2016 Susan Berry rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Review to come.
Karen
Sep 06, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
Recently I read Lally Brown'sThe Volcano, Montserrat and Me: Twenty years with an active volcano, which details her experience of living on Montserrat during its' volcano erupting, and what a difference almost 100 years makes between the two eruptions.

On May 8, 1902, Mount Pelee on the Island of Martinique erupted, literally destroying the city of St. Pierre. Only one person survived, a prisoner in a very sturdy cell out of a population of 25,000 people(5,000 more were from the refugees that h
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Jerry Smith
Apr 26, 2009 Jerry Smith rated it really liked it
Straightforward account of the Mt. Pelee disaster in 1902 but I learned a lot. Amazing how uninformed we were generally about volcanoes 100 years ago. Zebrowski doesn't put much of his thinking into print and the result is historically written but there are some assumptions on dialogue between key characters that takes some license but also makes it that much more real and brings out the tragedy and folly of many of those involved, and the heroism of others.

Takes a more sympathetic view of the G
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Sarah
Feb 13, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: disaster
It's crazy how there are so many signs leading up to large eruptions and how long it's taken mankind to learn to react to these signs.

The moment from this book that will really stay with me is when the local paper printed a story the day before the eruption stating that if an evacuation was necessary it would be obvious and could be carried out "just like Pompeii" (in 1902 they hadn't discovered the "gaps" of bodies in the ash, and assumed the city had been evacuated due to the lack of skeleton
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Sydney
Feb 27, 2014 Sydney rated it it was amazing
I thought I would not be interested in this book because it's nonfiction but I actually enjoyed it very much. It is such a sad story but is so interesting, especially to see the lack of scientific knowledge in 1902 as compared to today.
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