La Catastrophe

La Catastrophe

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On May 8, 1902, on the Caribbean island of Martinique, the volcano Mount Pelee loosed the most terrifying and lethal eruption of the twentieth century. In minutes, it killed 27,000 people and leveled the city of Saint-Pierre. In La Catastrophe, Alwyn Scarth provides a gripping day-by-day and hour-by-hour account of this devastating eruption, based primarily on chilling eyewitness more

Product details

  • Hardback | 246 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195218396
  • 9780195218398

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"In this quirky but fascinating volume, volcano expert Alwyn Scarth unfolds the story with dramatic flair and exacting detail, reconstructing the days, hours and minutes leading up to the eruption and its horrific aftermath. This study of the horror that befell Saint-Pierre without warning, mercy or escape is well worth pondering."--Seattle Timesshow more

About Scarth

Alwyn Scarth was Professor of Geography at the University of Dundee, in Scotland. He is the author of Vulcan's Fury: Man Against the Volcano and Savage Earth and co-author of Volcanoes of more

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