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Martinique

Sept. 10, 2012

Approaching the town of St Pierre with Mt Pelee looming overhead.
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In the late 1800's St Pierre was considered to be the "Paris of the Carribean".
In 1902 the volcano, Mt Pelee erupted with the force of an atomic bomb and distroyed the city.
The super heated gas and shock wave tore through the town, harbour and countryside, and destroyed everything in it's path.
Killing over 30,000 people instantly. There were only 2 survivors.

The theater before and after. It held about 8,000 people.
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The grand entry staircase.
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Lobby.
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Turnstiles.
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Main theater hall.
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Memorial statue.
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This church was full of people when the volcano blew at 8:20AM
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All thats left.
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Imagine the power of the blast to move these walls.
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The cathedral before.
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and after.
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St Pierre today.
Ruins below the wall.
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Replica of the finance/trading center.
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The market.
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Street sceenes.
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Posted by Heart of Gold 07:26

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