Montserrat: The Modern Pompeii

The island of Montserrat is a British territory in the Caribbean. In 1995, a volcano that had been dormant for centuries erupted and has been active ever since! A 1997 eruption buried half the island, including the capital city of Plymouth, under 40 feet of mud, ash, and rocks. Visitors are still banned from the "exclusion zone," as the latest eruption was in 2010. Read more about Montserrat and see pictures of what's left at Kuriositas. Link -via the Presurfer

(Image credit: Flickr user Nick Brooks)

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I visited Montserrat in 2003, two weeks after one of its eruptions and spent an hour flying over the island (from Antigua)... Really amazing, I've never seen anything like it. In addition to the destruction that you see in the photos linked from this article, when I was there the destroyed half of the island was littered with dead cows...
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