Volcano eruption in Caribbean prompts mass evacuation during popular vacation week

Volcano eruption in Caribbean prompts mass evacuation during popular vacation week

"Right now, we would not be surprised for example, if sometime within the next 24 to 48 hours, there are explosions from the volcano that are much more significant than we have seen so far".

He explained that this flow moves very fast, is very hot, and is a mixture of rock, gas and various pieces of material and lava.

Robertson said this flow is one of the most unsafe things from a volcano like La Soufriere which is why people are moved off the mountain.

Editor's Note: This article was previously published on March 31, 2021, on Loop news Caribbean. The government has issued an urgent evacuation after days of increased seismic activity at the La Soufriere Volcano.

He said two Royal Caribbean cruise ships and two Carnival Cruise Line ones are expected to arrive on Friday.

The region's most active volcano in recent years has been Soufriere Hills in Montserrat, which has erupted continuously since 1995, destroying the capital of Plymouth and killing at least 19 people in 1997.

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves made the announcement at a press conference this morning.

Both are associated with the movement of magma rising to the surface.

Live Blog: La Soufriere volcano - Explosive eruption underway

The geologist emphasized that an explosive eruption can happen anytime now, adding that there could be more clear signals or an explosive eruption in the next few hours or days.

A team from the seismic center arrived in St Vincent in late December after the volcano had an effusive eruption.

She said that disaster managers were preparing shelters, the response mechanism had been fully activated and that the national disaster management council would meet at 2 p.m.

PM Gonsalves said his government will follow the science and will continue to take the advice of Robertson and his team of scientists.

He said that Robertson had told the government that if the volcano erupts explosively, there might be a four-month period of evacuation. Islands that have said they would accept evacuees include St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua.

"A number of Bermudian families have ties to St. Vincent & The Grenadines including that of Deputy Premier the Hon".

In February, St. Vincent and the Grenadines received 40,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from Indian officials.

Royal Caribbean has said it could get to St Vincent by Wednesday night a cruise ship that could hold1,500 people, who would also have to be vaccinated before being allowed to occupy the vessel.

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