Caribbean island of Saint Vincent orders evacuation as volcano erupts

by Joel Abbott · Apr 9th, 2021 3:37 pm

Last Updated Apr 11th, 2021 at 4:54 pm

A volcano on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent erupted for the first time since 1979 on Friday morning.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of Saint Vincent issued a red alert Thursday ahead of a volcanic eruption.

Authorities told the northern side of the island to evacuate on Thursday after seismologists first warned of seismic shocks around the La Soufrière volcano on Monday, instructing residents to move to safe havens.

"Safe areas where people will be evacuated to are from North Union to Kingstown, on the Windward side of the island, Barrouallie to Kingstown on the Leeward side and the Grenadine Islands," said the island's disaster agency.

Cruise ship reportedly diverted to assist with evacuation efforts.

No deaths or injuries have been reported.

🔦 The most deadly eruption of the volcano was in 1902, when 1,600 people died.


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