Mount Pelee Facts

Mount Pelee after disaster
Mount Pelee after disaster

Where Is Mount Pelee?

Mount Pelee is a volcano located on the French island of Martinique in the Caribbean. It is well known for his destructive past. It was the early morning, May 8th in 1902, when eruption started destroying everything in its path.  This enormous volcanic eruption ended up killing in one day more than 30000 people.  The volcano completely destroyed the city of Saint-Pierre, leaving only two survivors. One them was 25 year old Louis Auguste Cyparis a convicted felon who injured his friend with a glass during the bar fight.  Interestingly, Louis escaped the jail night before the eruption, but he reported himself to the jail the very next morning.  He survived because his dungeon cell had poor ventilation. Later he became a local celebrity. Second survivor was a young girl called Havivra Da Ifrile.

The town of St. Pierre, just seven kilometers from the eruption, was known as the “Paris of the Caribbean”.

mount pelee eruption

She escaped in the the small boat towards the cave where she played with her brother. This is supposedly her statement from 1902: “Just as I got to the main street I saw this boiling stuff burst from the top of the Corkscrew and run down the side of the hill. It followed the road first, but then as the stream got bigger, it ate up the houses on both sides of the road. Then I saw that a boiling red river was coming from another part of the hill and cutting off the escape of the people who were running from their houses. But before I got there I looked back — and the whole side of the mountain which was near the town seemed to open and boil down on the screaming people. I was burned a good deal by the stones and ashes that came flying about the boat, but I got to the cave.”

Mount Pelee today
Mount Pelee today
Louis Auguste Cyparis - felon survivor
Louis Auguste Cyparis – felon survivor

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Mount Pelee Eruption | Online News from mazaodds

TIL 30,000 people were killed during the 1902 Mount Pelee eruption, because the Governor refused to evacuate until after election day. The right wing government was worried about a possible socialist victory, and refused to let anyone leave until after the election on May 11th. It erupted on May 8th from todayilearned

Rainbow through a white sunshower this Tuesday evening at Anse Couleuvre, Martinique. The black sand beach lies on the Northern coast, in the shadow of the volcanic Mount Pelee. [4032×3024] from EarthPorn

 

 

52 Comments on “Mount Pelee Facts”

        1. I don’t understand, I looked it up and there are three different names for the same survivor, Louis Auguste Cyparis, Patrick Leigh Fermor, and Ludger Sylbaris. I don’t understand

  1. Could I use your picture on Mt.Pelee it’s for a school project I will give you credit for the picture please email me back Thank You!!

    ~Megan

  2. I thought there were 3 survivers that survived. The girl was the third surviver found she was unconsious.

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    1. There were 3. a shoemaker named Léon Compere-Léandre who was on his door step, walking to go back into his house, feeling badly burnt, he noticed others dropping dead. While his legs were burning, and arms and legs bleeding, he ran six kilometers to the nearest town and survived.

  4. There were actually 3 survivors. One of them not listed was a shoemaker, named Léon Compere-Léandre who was on his door step, walking to go back into his house, feeling badly burnt, he noticed others dropping dead. While his legs were burning, and he was bleeding from his arms and legs, he ran six kilometers to the nearest town and survived.

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