Volcanic explosion in Caribbean forces thousands to evacuate

Published: Apr. 10, 2021 at 5:04 PM MST
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CARIBBEAN (KOLD News 13) - A volcanic eruption on the Caribbean island of St. Vicente covered the skies with plumes of dark pyroclastic ash, forcing thousands to evacuate.

According to reports, the La Soufriere volcano erupted after decades of inactivity. Its last known eruption was back in 1979; and before that, its eruption in 1902 killed more than 1,000 people.

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister of St. Vicente called for residents to stay vigilant, due to local authorities predicting an eruption in the coming days since signs of reactivity began in December 2020. And it finally erupted early Friday.

Witnesses say, “Ash and smoke plunged the neighboring area into near-total darkness, blotting out the bright morning sun.”

The pyroclastic cloud is said to have reached an estimated 6 miles high, with the potential to affect the neighboring regions of Grenadines, Barbados, St. Lucia and Granada.

La Soufriere is categorized as a stratovolcano, meaning the amount of silica in its felsic magma makes the volcano much more explosive than others. And due to its more volatile nature, the volcanic ash produced by its explosion makes it more dangerous.

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