UNDER THE VOLCANO

A PARADISE IS LOST AS DEVASTATING ERUPTIONS FORCE MONTSERRAT'S PEOPLE TO ABANDON THEIR ISLAND

Several times a week, a nerve-shattering siren reverberates across the island of Montserrat. It is an urgent warning for people to drop whatever they are doing and head north. But there is not much farther north to go, and the terror among local residents is palpable. The Caribbean island's volcano, belching, smoking, fuming for two years now, is giving hints of a cataclysmic blow, as the dark, telltale cloud of white-hot debris shoots high into the sky. "It's the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see when you go to bed," says Audrey White,...

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