National Geographic : 1997 Jul
Pillows of ash smother Plymouth, long since evacuated, after a big blast in September 1996. That same eruption pelted Nat Davis's empty house in St. Patrick's with pieces of pumice the size of marbles. After staying in a shelter to the north, Davis goes home to pack for a move to London. Many others have also left the island, but most plan to return once the volcano again falls silent.