The volcano La Soufriere, in northwestern Saint vincent and the Grenadines, south of the Caribbean, registered a “huge” eruption on Monday, with a column of smoke 17 kilometers high, warned the Seismic Research Center of the University of the West Indies (UWI, in English).
(In context: La Soufriere volcano eruption causes power outages in San Vicente)
The UWI, which monitors from Trinidad and Tobago the volcano since it erupted last Friday, detailed that the new explosion occurred at 4:00 am local time and included the pyroclastic flow descent.
Pyroclastic flows are a mixture of ash, rock fragments and gas produced by an eruption.
According to the UWI, these flows run down the mountainsides after an eruption and “cause total devastation.”
(Do not stop reading: Images of the eruption of the Soufriere volcano on the island of San Vicente)
The new eruption caused serious difficulties on the roads.
The authorities have not reported injuries or deaths after this new great explosion, the largest since La Soufriere erupted last week, which has left at least one deceased so far.
Speaking to state broadcaster NBC Radio, UWI scientist Richard Robertson said that a new crater was created as a result of this new blast.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is expected to hold an emergency meeting with his cabinet in the next few hours to speed up the evacuation process and order the best distribution of aid that is arriving from neighboring countries.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) of St. Vincent and the Grenadines He warned that other explosions “are likely” to occur “in the coming days.”
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The authorities of Saint Lucia, to the north, and Barbados, east of San Vicente, on Monday asked the population to do not leave your homes unless necessary and that, in case of doing so, it is with masks, due to the ashes.
Barbados could close its trade for the next two days to allow the removal of the ash that has covered various parts of the island.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, with a population of 110,000 people, had not recorded prominent volcanic activity since 1979. An explosive eruption of La Soufriere caused the death of more than a thousand people in 1902.
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