|Main category||Geological Event|
|Sub category||volcano activity|
|Event date (UTC)||Fri, 26 Mar 2021 07:43:06 +0000|
|Last update (UTC)||Mon, 19 Apr 2021 07:15:27 +0000|
|Country||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Exact location||La Soufrière volcano|
|Open Location Code:||778W28VP+9J|
|Size of affected area||County-level|
|Additional events||None or not detected.|
According to the National Emergency Management Organisation, an explosive eruption was recorded around 4:49 pm. Ash clouds are now moving towards the south and west of the island. The alert level remains red.
There has been another "explosive event" at a volcano on the Caribbean island of St Vincent, with power outages and water supplies cut off. The La Soufrière volcano first erupted on Friday, blanketing the island in a layer of ash and forcing some 16,000 people to evacuate their homes. Residents in Barbados, nearly 200km (about 124 miles) to the east, have also been urged to stay indoors. Scientists warn that eruptions could continue for days - or even weeks. On Sunday, St Vincent's emergency management organization Nemo tweeted: "Massive power outage following another explosive event at La Soufriere Volcano. Lightning, thunder, and rumblings. Majority of the country out of power and covered in ash." White-colored dust has covered buildings and roads around the island, including in its capital Kingstown. Nemo is urging residents to "be careful on the roads, which have become treacherous as a result of the ash flow". Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said water supplies to most of the island had been cut off and its airspace closed because of the smoke and thick plumes of volcanic ash moving through the atmosphere. Mr. Gonsalves said thousands of residents had been sleeping in emergency shelters since Friday. "It's a huge operation that is facing us," he told NBC News. The Barbados Defence Force has been deployed to St Vincent to provide humanitarian assistance as part of a disaster response mission, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency said. Homes across the island, which has a population of around 110,000, have been covered in white-colored volcanic dust and rock fragments. It prompted warnings from officials to stay indoors, while emergency groups advised caution for those suffering from respiratory problems. "Be careful all. We are covered in ash and strong sulfur scents pervade the air. We ask that you take the necessary precautions to remain safe and healthy," Nemo said.
A second explosion rocked La Soufriere volcano on St. Vincent Friday afternoon, six hours after an eruption earlier in the day shot a plume of ash more than 6 miles into the sky that rained down on the island in the eastern Caribbean. The West Indies Seismic Research Center reported the second eruption occurred at 2:45 p.m. EST. It created a plume nearly 2.5 miles high. Witnesses reported a third eruption shortly after, but the center said it was ongoing pulses from the second one. The volcanic activity continued into the evening, with lightning visible in the ash plume. In an 8 p.m. update, the research center tweeted that a continuous tremor had been recorded for the past five hours. "The volcano continues to be in an explosive phase that may last several days to weeks," the center said. The explosions came less than a day after volcanologists warned of the potential of such a disaster and as island officials rushed to evacuate the thousands of people most at risk. The first eruption on Friday, at 8:41 a.m., shot a plume of ash more than 6 miles into the sky. Heavy ashfall coated the island for miles and reached the country's airport on the opposite end of the island nation, the country's disaster risk management agency said. The agency said low visibility due to ashfall was hampering evacuation efforts.
The La Soufriere volcano on the northern part of the Caribbean island of St. Vincent is likely to erupt, emergency officials have warned. Nearby residents have been told to leave the area. Authorities on the Caribbean island country of St. Vincent issued an evacuation order for some residents due to warnings the La Soufriere volcano could soon erupt. The volcano is situated 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the island's capital, Kingstown. "I have issued an evacuation order to all residents living in the red zones on the Northeast and Northwest of the island," St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said in a tweet. "All residents are asked to act accordingly with immediate effect to ensure their safety and that of their families," he added. A 'substantial prospect of disaster,' emergency management office warns. Gonsalves said he was acting on the advice of the island's emergency management office, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). NEMO had switched the island's alert level to red following days of seismic activity and warned there is a "substantial prospect of disaster." A cruise ship was dispatched to evacuate residents who live near the volcano, although it is unclear where they will be taken to for safety. Around 110,000 people in total live in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. La Soufriere is the only active volcano on St. Vincent and is the highest peak on the island at 1,234 meters (4,049 feet) tall. The volcano had previously erupted five times since 1718, with one eruption in May 1902 killing 1,680 people.
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