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
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92%
3%
3%
28
flagGermany
2%
88%
3%
5%
255
flagFrance
3%
87%
3%
4%
62
flagAustria
2%
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2%
2%
39
flagRepublic of Ireland
1%
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8%
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59
flagSpain
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84%
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6%
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flagGreece
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19
flagthe United Kingdom
3%
82%
4%
7%
624
flagItaly
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81%
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83
flagBelgium
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12%
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25
flagCanada
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2%
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flagAustralia
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17%
28
flagPoland
4%
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5%
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17665
flagNorway
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11%
34
flagLithuania
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26
flagthe United States
5%
75%
7%
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flagSweden
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flagUnknown
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flagthe Netherlands
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13%
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61
flagIndia
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8%
17%
56

Gender

men72%
women72%
native attack
4%
5%
volcano eruption
72%
72%
mass suicide
5%
6%
ergot poisoning
16%
15%

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