Mount Pelée

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Pelée, Mount


(Montagne Pelee), an active volcano on Martinique, in the West Indies. Elevation, 1,397 m. Mount Pelee is known for its catastrophic eruption in 1902, when a heavy hot cloud of ash and volcanic bombs and blocks destroyed the city of St. Pierre and its 26,000 inhabitants. The eruption led to the classification of such volcanoes as Pelean. Mount Pelée was less strongly active in 1929–32.

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In 1902, the volcano Mt Pelee demolished the port of St Pierre (the former capital) and its entire population.
When Mt Pelee, on Martinique in the Caribbean, erupted on May 8, 1902, fast-flowing lava poured down towards the port of St Pierre at such a rate that 29,000 people living there were unable to ee in time and were killed.