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It is a stratovolcano, its volcanic cone composed of layers of volcanic ash and hardened lava.
1902 Eruption Before the tragic 1902 eruption, as early as the summer of 1900, signs of increased fumarole activity was present in the Etang Sec crater near the summit (Scarth, page 30).
Relatively minor phreatic (steam) eruptions that occurred in 17 were evidence that the volcano was active and potentially dangerous.
Unusual facts • Swindle and forgers • Strange habits • Myths and legends • World explorers • Strange inventions • Eccentric people • Evil people Tragedies and catastrophies • Terrorist attacks • Natural disasters • Disasters and tragedies • War and genocide • Diseases and virus's • Nuclear and chemical • Archaeology • Cryptozoology • Devil and demons • Disappearances • Ghost stories • Bad luck and coincidences • Curse and malediction • Prophecies and predictions • Dreams and premonitions • Parallel sciences • Ufology and UFO's - Mount Pelée is infamous for its eruption in 1902 and the destruction that resulted, the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th Century.
The eruption caused about 26,000 to 36,000 casualties and destroyed Saint-Pierre, at that time the largest city in Martinque along with the island's governor.