20 years after the apocalypse…

These pictures were taken in zombie heartland – the Caribbean. Twenty years ago, the area was evacuated and the people fled their homes, leaving practically everything behind.  Nineteen people didn’t make it out alive.  Now, access is once again granted to the area – but only in the daytime, and only with the correct paperwork, after passing through a police check-point.  These are the images.

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The reason for this desolation?

In 1995, the Soufrière Hills volcano re-awoke for the first time in hundreds of years.  It rendered more than half than the Island of Montserrat uninhabitable. It destroyed the capital, Plymouth, entombing the centre in ash and rumble.  It inundated the prime farming land with pyroclastic flows.  It destroyed the golf course, killed most of the tourism, and tore-up the economy.  Many left the island, to live in countries such as the UK, but thousands still remain on the (completely unaffected) northern part of the Island.  It remains a wonderful place for a holiday – it is, in fact, one of the friendliest and safest places in the Caribbean.

This is the volcano that caused of the devastation:

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