The catastrophe in Saint Vincent

The catastrophe in Saint Vincent

La Soufrière volcano is an active volcano on the island of Saint Vincent in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean. Many volcanoes in the Caribbean are named Soufrière.

Lava flow in Saint Vincent / Image: georgetownsvgrevisited.co.uk

The eruption of 6 May 1902, just hours before the eruption of Mount Pelée on Martinique, killed 1,680 people. The death zone, where almost all persons were killed, was close to entirely Carib.

This last large remnant of Carib culture was destroyed, the island of Dominica’s Carib Territory being much smaller in comparison at that time.

Schematic distribution map of the principal pyroclastic deposits on St Vincent from the 1902 eruptions / Image: sciencedirect

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