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%
92%
3%
3%
28
flagSwitzerland
5%
89%
0%
5%
19
flagGermany
2%
88%
3%
5%
249
flagFrance
3%
86%
3%
5%
58
flagAustria
2%
86%
2%
2%
36
flagSpain
4%
84%
0%
6%
46
flagRepublic of Ireland
1%
83%
8%
5%
56
flagthe United Kingdom
3%
82%
4%
7%
594
flagItaly
1%
82%
5%
4%
75
flagBelgium
0%
82%
13%
0%
23
flagNorway
3%
78%
9%
9%
32
flagAustralia
0%
78%
3%
17%
28
flagPoland
4%
77%
5%
10%
16908
flagCanada
4%
77%
2%
12%
71
flagLithuania
8%
75%
4%
12%
24
flagthe United States
5%
74%
7%
8%
615
flagSweden
8%
69%
2%
13%
36
flagUnknown
5%
68%
6%
18%
643
flagthe Netherlands
6%
67%
13%
10%
58
flagIndia
11%
59%
9%
16%
54

Gender

men73%
women72%
native attack
4%
5%
volcano eruption
73%
72%
mass suicide
5%
6%
ergot poisoning
16%
15%

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