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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mass suicide
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flagDenmark
0%
96%
4%
0%
25
flagBelgium
0%
95%
0%
0%
20
flagGermany
1%
89%
2%
5%
208
flagFrance
3%
86%
3%
5%
58
flagAustria
3%
86%
0%
3%
29
flagRepublic of Ireland
0%
84%
9%
5%
52
flagthe United Kingdom
2%
82%
4%
7%
526
flagItaly
1%
82%
6%
4%
63
flagSpain
5%
82%
0%
7%
40
flagGreece
0%
81%
6%
0%
16
flagPoland
4%
78%
4%
10%
14317
flagAustralia
0%
78%
3%
17%
28
flagNorway
3%
78%
7%
10%
28
flagCanada
5%
77%
1%
11%
59
flagLithuania
9%
77%
4%
9%
22
flagthe United States
5%
74%
7%
8%
571
flagthe Netherlands
6%
70%
12%
10%
50
flagSweden
6%
70%
0%
16%
31
flagUnknown
6%
64%
7%
19%
329
flagIndia
10%
61%
10%
14%
49

Gender

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

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