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%
92%
3%
3%
27
flagGermany
2%
88%
2%
5%
225
flagFrance
3%
86%
3%
5%
58
flagSpain
4%
84%
0%
6%
45
flagRepublic of Ireland
1%
83%
9%
5%
54
flagAustria
3%
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3%
3%
31
flagthe United Kingdom
2%
82%
5%
7%
553
flagItaly
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82%
5%
4%
67
flagGreece
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81%
6%
0%
16
flagAustralia
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78%
3%
17%
28
flagPoland
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5%
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16077
flagCanada
4%
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2%
11%
68
flagNorway
3%
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9%
9%
31
flagLithuania
8%
75%
4%
12%
24
flagthe United States
5%
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8%
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599
flagthe Netherlands
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12%
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55
flagSweden
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15%
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flagUnknown
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596
flagIndia
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61%
10%
14%
49

Gender

men72%
women72%
native attack
5%
5%
volcano eruption
72%
72%
mass suicide
5%
6%
ergot poisoning
16%
15%

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