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Glimpses of the Caribbean's modern-day Pompeii

Known among locals simply as “the volcano,” Soufrière Hills on the Caribbean island of Montserrat roared to life in 1995 after decades of inactivity, causing many residents of the island's capital city, Plymouth, to flee. Today, Plymouth and its environs stand abandoned and frozen in time, looking like the set of an apocalyptic sci-fi movie.

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Soufriere Hills Volcano

The still-active Soufriere Hills volcano spews up a cloud of ash and smoke.

(Photo courtesy of the Montserrat Tourist Board

Montserrat House

A home in Montserrat sits abandoned and buried in volcanic debris.

Photo courtesy of Spantil/Flickr

Volcano Sign

A dilapidated sign that warns visitors about the dangers of the volcano on Montserrat.

Photo courtest of Pat Hawks/Flickr

Abandoned Pool

A swimming pool is full of mud and volcanic debris on Montserrat.

Photo courtesy of Christine Warner Hawks/Flickr

Gates of Plymouth

Gates lock the Exclusion Zone on Montserrat, which is still off-limits without a permit.

Photo courtest of Pat Hawks/Flickr

Warning Sign

A sign outside the Exclusion Zone prohibits entry.

Photo courtesy of Christine Warner Hawks/Flickr

Plymouth Clock Tower

The clock tower in Montserrat’s former capital of Plymouth is almost completely buried by volcanic debris.

Photo courtesy of Ivan Browne

Volcano Destruction

A church is almost completely buried by lava and mud in Montserrat.

Photo courtesy of Robert Warner/Flickr

Glimpses of the Caribbean's modern-day Pompeii

Known among locals simply as “the volcano,” Soufrière Hills on the Caribbean island of Montserrat roared to life in 1995 after decades of inactivity, causing many residents of the island's capital city, Plymouth, to flee. Today, Plymouth and its environs stand abandoned and frozen in time, looking like the set of an apocalyptic sci-fi movie.

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