On May 8, 1902, the city of St. Pierre on the tiny island of Martinique was immolated when stratovolcano Mount Pelée erupted, spewing superheated gas, rock, and ash. Within minutes, town hall, the cathedral church, the shrine at Morne Rouge, the chamber of commerce, and the botanical gardens were utterly destroyed — and 28,000 people were dead. The report in Harper’s Weekly stated, “The horrible tragedy exceeds anything of the kind that has happened... More >>>