Volcanic eruption possible within hours or days in St Vincent

Joanna Estrada
April 10, 2021

John Renton, a school principal who was in charge of one shelter, said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that they had plenty of masks and other personal protective equipment but needed more cots. She noted, though, that meals were not being served yet. La Soufriere has erupted.

The eruption column was estimated to have reached 10 kilometres high, the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre said, warning other explosive eruptions could occur. The country's prime minister, Ralph Gonsalves, ordered a full evacuation of the area.

The effusive eruption is continuing and an explosive phase of the eruption may begin with very little warning.

Carnival told Cruise Industry News on Thursday that each ship will accommodate as many as 1,500 residents who will be taken to neighboring islands and assured that "all precautions will be taken to protect the health and safety of Carnival crew and the passengers who board the ships".

'This is an emergency situation, and everybody understands that, ' he said.

Update: Royal Caribbean Group issued a statement confirming the support of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises vessels.

Royal Caribbean sends cruise ship to assist in volcano evacuations in St. Vincent
Carnival and Royal Caribbean to Help Evacuate St. Vincent Before Volcano Erupts

He said two Royal Caribbean cruise ships and two Carnival Cruise Line ones are expected to arrive on Friday. The islands of St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua said they would accept evacuees.

"La Soufriere last erupted in 1979 and today's heightened alert comes as a result of increased seismic and volcanic activity".

Authorities on the island have reported no casualties so far; St Vincent has seen a number of fatal volcanic eruptions in the past.

According to the Seismic Unit of the University of the West indies, the eruption which began at 8:41 this morning, April 9, is a culmination of the seismic activity that began on April 8.

[Updated] The Premier has extended his thoughts and prayers to the people of St. Vincent & The Grenadines as they face the possible eruption of the volcano La Soufriere.

Government officials tweeted that the dome of the volcano located on the island's northern region could be seen glowing by nightfall. Most notably, the eruption of 1902 killed many Indigenous Black Caribs, who had been banished by the British colonial government to live at Sandy Bay in the shadow of the volcano.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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