Caribbean island of St. Vincent sees major volcanic eruption; last similar one in 1979

Caribbean island of St. Vincent sees major volcanic eruption; last similar one in 1979
La Soufriere volcano erupts on St Vincent Is., 9 Apr 2021. YouTube video, CTV

[Ed. – St. Vincent and the Grenadines are located north of Trinidad and Tobago in the southeast Windward Islands facing the Atlantic.  The ash plume is blowing to the northeast, and at the distance from the U.S. it shouldn’t affect any of our territories.  Some 16,000 people reportedly evacuated ahead of the eruption; as with the volcanoes on Hawaii (Big Island) and Iceland, it’s now remaking the landscape as we speak.]

An explosive eruption rocked La Soufriere volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Friday after the government ordered thousands to evacuate their homes nearby.

Experts said the ash column rose more than 20,000 feet (6 kilometers) high and that the majority of the ash was headed northeast into the Atlantic Ocean.

However, heavy ashfall also was reported in communities around the volcano and beyond, with authorities saying some evacuations were limited by poor visibility. …

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“More explosions could occur,” Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies Seismic Center said in a phone interview, adding that it was impossible to predict whether they might be bigger or smaller than the first or second one.

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