On May 8, 1902, Ascension Day, all inhabitants of Saint-Pierre, the major city in Martinique, have died. Only two survived. What happened?

native attack
volcano eruption
mass suicide
ergot poisoning
The city was covered with py­ro­clas­tic flow, con­sist­ing of su­per­heat­ed steam and volcanic gases, with tem­per­a­tures ex­ceed­ing 1,075 °C (1,967 °F). One of the sur­vivors was held in an un­der­ground cell in the town's jail.

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flagDenmark
0%
96%
4%
0%
25
flagBelgium
0%
95%
0%
0%
20
flagGermany
1%
89%
2%
5%
205
flagFrance
3%
86%
3%
5%
58
flagAustria
3%
86%
0%
3%
29
flagRepublic of Ireland
0%
84%
9%
5%
51
flagthe United Kingdom
2%
83%
4%
7%
515
flagItaly
1%
82%
6%
4%
63
flagSpain
5%
82%
0%
7%
40
flagGreece
0%
81%
6%
0%
16
flagNorway
3%
80%
7%
7%
26
flagPoland
4%
78%
4%
10%
13228
flagCanada
5%
78%
1%
12%
57
flagAustralia
0%
78%
3%
17%
28
flagthe United States
5%
74%
8%
8%
557
flagSweden
6%
70%
0%
16%
31
flagLithuania
11%
70%
5%
11%
17
flagUnknown
6%
68%
9%
14%
98
flagthe Netherlands
6%
68%
12%
10%
48
flagIndia
10%
60%
10%
14%
48

Gender

men76%
women72%
native attack
5%
5%
volcano eruption
76%
72%
mass suicide
5%
6%
ergot poisoning
13%
15%

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