St. Vincent And The Grenadines Volcano Erupts

The La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has erupted. (UWI Seismic Unit image)

By NAN Workers Writer

Information Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 9, 2021: The La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has erupted.

The country’s Nationwide Emergency Administration Group, (NEMO), confirmed the eruption honest around 8: 41 a.m. EST as of late. NEMO acknowledged ash fall has already been recorded to this point as the Argyle International Airport. The UWI Seismic Unit acknowledged the eruption is ongoing and it’s a long way a culmination of the seismic job that began on April Eighth. Plumes as much as 20,000 are headed east.

Evacuations are advised from the purple zone at as soon as, which consist of areas from Georgetown, north to Love, on the east wing, and Richmond, Chateaubelair, FitzHughes and Petit Bordel on the west wing.

Evacuations continue by land and sea.

The evacuation yell used to be given by High Minister Ralph Gonsalves final evening around 5 p.m. EST. and the alert stage moved to purple, honest hours after an emergency press convention by which he acknowledged the island used to be no longer but in evacuation mode. However about three four hours later, the yell used to be given to evacuate.

Royal Caribbean International’s Serenade of the Seas and Giant name Cruises’ Giant name Reflection were on their manner to the island nation and expected to achieve as of late to abet with evacuation efforts.

Emergency shelters on island possess additionally been set up in affirm by authorities. Excellent areas the build other folks will possible be evacuated to on island are from North Union to Kingstown, on the Windward facet of the island and Barouallie to Kingstown on the Leeward facet and the Grenadine Islands. Survey the paunchy list of shelters HERE

Director of NEMO, Michelle Forbes, advised nationals to “clutch with you the critical provides, a tiny bit of food, a tiny bit of water, as a minimal to final you for the night, in particular even as you would possibly possibly possibly doubtless also very nicely be going into the emergency shelters.”


CARICOM has launched plans to serve with Dr. Keith Rowley, the chairman of the body and High Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who is COVID-19 definite, stating final night the body is mobilized to give a boost to St Vincent and the Grenadines because it faces the chance of an imminent eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano.

St. Lucia’s High Minister, Allen Chastanet additionally acknowledged his country is able to abet even as he warned that the southern portions of St. Lucia would possibly possibly doubtless be impacted as nicely by any eruption and Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali, additionally acknowledged Guyana would possibly possibly doubtless be pitching in to serve.


The UWI-Seismic Assessment Centre scientific team basically based fully at the Belmont Observatory in St. Vincent recorded six separate bands of volcanic tremor at some level of the day Thursday. This unusual sort of seismic tournament has no longer but been observed since the starting of the eruption in December 2020. Such a seismic ticket is in overall linked to roam of magma and fluids shut to the bottom. Ash venting used to be additionally observed at some level of the most contemporary tremor episode.

The effusive eruption is continuous, and an explosive part of the eruption would possibly possibly doubtless also initiate with very tiny warning. 

The UWI-SRC Geologist and Scientific Crew Lead, Prof. Richard Robertson indicated that: “We are able to no longer give any certain warning that nothing can happen within the next 24-48 hours and we would no longer be greatly shocked if there are explosions at the volcano at some level of that length.” 


The La Soufriѐre is the single ‘live’ (potentially challenging) volcano on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and stands 1,178m (3,864feet) above sea stage.

There were 5 explosive eruptions at La Soufriѐre at some level of the historical length: 1718, 1812, 1814, 1902/03 and 1979, basically based fully on the UWI Seismic Unit. Several effusive eruptions possess additionally took place at the volcano.

On April 13,1979, an effusive part adopted the initial explosive part of the eruption. In 1971/72 an effusive eruption created a lava dome that existed except the 1979 eruption.

The most contemporary dome constructing (effusive) eruption began on December 27th,2020. Visual observations on December 29th, 2020 confirmed that high temperatures detected by satellites extinct to song fires were truly precipitated by magma reaching the bottom.

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