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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flagBelgium
0%
95%
0%
0%
20
flagDenmark
0%
94%
5%
0%
17
flagGermany
2%
89%
2%
5%
178
flagAustria
3%
85%
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3%
27
flagItaly
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84%
6%
4%
44
flagFrance
5%
84%
2%
5%
39
flagthe United Kingdom
2%
81%
5%
8%
406
flagRepublic of Ireland
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81%
13%
5%
38
flagSpain
5%
81%
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7%
38
flagAustralia
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80%
3%
15%
26
flagNorway
4%
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8%
8%
23
flagPoland
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11089
flagthe United States
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7%
8%
506
flagSweden
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16%
30
flagLithuania
11%
70%
5%
11%
17
flagthe Netherlands
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42
flagCanada
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39
flagIndia
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flagUkraine
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flagUU
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Gender

men76%
women73%
native attack
5%
5%
volcano eruption
76%
73%
mass suicide
5%
6%
ergot poisoning
13%
14%

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