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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flagthe United Arab Emirates
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flagDenmark
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20
flagBelgium
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flagGermany
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flagAustria
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flagFrance
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flagthe United Kingdom
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flagRepublic of Ireland
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flagSpain
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flagItaly
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flagAustralia
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flagNorway
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flagPoland
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flagthe United States
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flagCanada
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flagSweden
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flagLithuania
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flagUnknown
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flagthe Netherlands
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flagIndia
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Gender

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

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