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“In 1995, the city of Plymouth on the island of Montserrat was evacuated and an exclusion zone was set up because of an impending volcano eruption. In 1997, the volcano erupted burying the city in 40 feet of ash. Ever since, residents have been banned from coming back. Here are some pretty crazy pictures inside Montserrat‘s exclusion zone, one of only a handful of exclusion zones in the world.

Montserrat is a British overseas territory located in the Leeward Islands, part of the chain of islands called the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. This island measures approximately 16 km (10 miles) long and 11 km (7 miles) wide, giving 40 kilometres (25 mi) of coastline. Christopher Columbus gave Montserrat its name on his second voyage to the New World in 1493, after Montserrat mountain located in Catalonia. Montserrat is nicknamed the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, both for its resemblance to coastal Ireland and for the Irish descent of its inhabitants.”


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See 32 more photos from Montserrat at Buzzfeed and read more about Montserrat over at Wikipedia.

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