Story at a glance

  • La Soufrière began erupting Friday, emitting major plumes of smoke and ash.
  • Nearby residents were ordered to evacuate the area prior to the explosion.
  • The last eruption occurred in 1979 and in 1902, the latter of which reportedly killed more than 1,600 people.

The relatively quiet island of St. Vincent has been rocked by a serious volcanic eruption on Friday, exploding multiple times over the course of the day and emitting major plumes of smoke and ash into the atmosphere.

The Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies has consistently documented the activity of La Soufrière, the volcano currently erupting.

Explosive eruptions were first reported at 8:41 am following prior reports of seismic activity on April 8. 

 

 

The situation is being monitored closely, with reports of ashfall occurring on St. Vincent and likely on nearby islands St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada and The Grenadines. 

Nearby residents were ordered to evacuate the area prior to the explosion. 

La Soufrière is the only potentially active volcano on St. Vincent and stands at about 1,178 meters above sea level.

The last eruption occurred in 1979 and in 1902, the latter of which reportedly killed killed more than 1,600 people. 

In response to the eruption, the U.S. Embassy in Barbados issued an evacuation alert for areas of St. Vincent on April 8.

Outlets report that companies like Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are sending ships to help the island in its evacuation efforts. 

Published on Apr 09, 2021