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In early May of 1902, a man named Louis-Auguste Ciparis was jailed in the city of St Pierre, Martinique. He was put into solitary confinement, locked in a small cell, a bomb proof magazine built partially underground. His sorry situation turned out, however, to be one of the greatest strokes of luck for a single man in history, because in the following days he became one of only a handful of survivors of the deadliest volcanic eruption in the 20th century.
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