The Man Who Survived Doomsday | 100 Wonders | Atlas Obscura

The 1902 eruption of Mount Pelée was the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century. It killed over 30,000 people and left one alive. This is the story of Ludger Sylbaris. Subscribe for new videos every Tues & Thurs –

Written and hosted by Dylan Thuras (@dylanthuras)

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Enormous smoke column three miles high, mushrooming above terrible Mont Pelée, eruption, June, 1902, Martinique
St. Pierre, 'the city of dead,' Mt. Pelee smoking, Martinique
Overlooking the mud-filled Roxelane River bed, and ash-covered ruins, to Mont Pelée, St. Pierre, Martinique
The smoking, desolate tomb of St. Pierre's 30,000 inhabitants -- slain by a blast of Mont Pelée's poisonous breath -- Martinique, W.I.
St. Pierre in ruins, after the terrible eruption of Pelee, the modern Vesuvius, Martinique
Roxelane River Valley - once filled with charming homes - from bridge covered with Mont Pelée's ashes, St. Pierre, Martinique
Mont Pelée, from the sea - showing smoke, and volcanic mud and ashes at base - Martinique
Scientists and naval officers exploring the ruins of St. Pierre - covered with volcanic ashes from Mont Pelée, Martinique, W.I.
Principal street of Basse Pointe - boulders brought in mud torrent from  Mont Pelé's eruption, Martinique
St. Pierre, the mud flows, and steaming new crater from which burst the gas cloud that destroyed the city, Martinique, W.I.
The city of death, St. Pierre - from its cemetery - destroyed by the eruption of Mont Pelée, Martinique, W.I.
A terrible volcanic explosion - Mont Pelée in eruption, June 5, 1902, Martinique
The only survivor of the devastating volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée

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