A Modern Day Pompeii

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Montserrat is a Caribbean island located in the Leeward Islands, in the West Indies. It was partially destroyed when a previously dormant Soufrière Hills volcano erupted in July 1995, engulfing Montserrat’s Georgian era capital city of Plymouth with more than 12 metres of mud.

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The volcano continued to erupt regularly during the late 1990s. Since 2010, the volcano has been relatively quiet, but the city remains mostly buried in mud and hardened rock. Visitors are not permitted entry into the exclusion zone, but an impressive view of the destruction of Plymouth can be seen from the top of Garibaldi Hill in Isles Bay.

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  1. I lived in Montserrat during the 70’s and early 80’s, when it was a beautiful, lush green and vibrant island. I feel a huge sense of loss for a place which now looks so desolate and barren. The life in all those buildings just a distant memory. Thanks for sharing the photos. I bet you had a great time there nonetheless, cause you cant take the heart out of the people of Montserrat!

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