Martinique - St. Pierre - School Chapel Ruins
At 8:00 am on the morning of May 8, 1902, Mt. Pelee erupted sending a pyroclastic cloud of hot gases and ash on the city of Saint Pierre on the Caribbean island of Martinique. The city was destroyed and over 30,000 people were killed instantly.
These are the ruins of the school chapel (la chapelle du lycee). Built in 1738 as an orphanage, it was a high school at the time of the eruption.
The ruins show the destructiveness of the pyroclastic cloud.