Pelee, which had been asleep for 51 years, erupted with suddenness and intensity, destroying the entire town of St. Pierre and killing about 30,000 people.

Pelee, a highly active stratovolcano, is situated in the Caribbean. About the Mount Pelee survivors, history of the eruption of La Montagne volcano and the aftermath. In less than a minute, the volcano eviscerated the entire city of St. Pierre, the biggest city in the Caribbean island of Martinique.

It’s about the eruption of Mt Pelée in 1902 on Martinique. The volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée on Martinique in 1902. Credit: Library of Congress. Mount Pelée, the name meaning bald in French, was a 4,500-foot mountain on the north side of the Caribbean island of Martinique.


THE GREAT SURVIVORS MOUNT PELEE SURVIVORS On May 8, 1902, La Montagne, the volcano at the peak of Mt. With a population of 30,000, St. Pierre was the largest city on the island of Martinique at the beginning of the 20th century.

More than 30,000 people died — and only three made it out alive. Mount Pelee is a highly active stratovolcano, located at the northern end of Martinique, an island and French overseas département in the Caribbean. It was a glamorous and bustling place, with comparisons made to Paris and the like. The eruption of Mount Pelee was the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century. It completely devastated the town of St-Pierre and there was one survivor out of a population of 30,000. It sent this thing, a glowing cloud, a nuée ardente , ash and lava and hot air rolling down the hillside. During the turn of the 20th century, St. Pierre was the largest city on the island of Martinique, with a population of 30,000.