The territory of St. Vincent is on red alert. An eruption at La Soufriere in the north of the island appears imminent. The government and residents stand ready and an evacuation order was issued in the afternoon of April 8, 2021.
In the archipelago of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the main island is on high alert. The frightening explosion of Soufriere volcano looks imminent. Local authorities issued an evacuation order for at-risk residents at 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
It has been several weeks since the volcano’s dome swelled and attracted the attention of scientists. It also came on the heels of a note from these expert observers that Saint Vincent’s Prime Minister, Ralph Gonçalves, had sounded the alarm.
It is most disturbing! Soufriere can explode in a few days … up to a few hours, according to the official contact. And we know, in our lands, how unpredictable these phenomena can be.
The increase in the number of earthquakes indicates that magma is trying to force its way to the surface.
The earth shook 5 times during the day on Wednesday alone, between the hours of 3 in the morning and 10 in the morning. Then the earthquakes resumed at around 2:00 pm, in the middle of a press conference, devoted specifically to this crisis situation.
But it wasn’t just the jerks, as telltale signs! There have also been, according to the island’s volcanic observatory, continuous and high gas emissions (see photo).
Therefore, it was decided to evacuate the residents living in the surrounding areas.
Work is underway to establish safe shelters to accommodate nearly 30,000 residents from 15 concerned municipalities in North Saint Vincent. They will be installed in the south of the island, or in the vicinity.
There is also talk of the imminent arrival of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, capable of evacuating up to 1,500 people this evening. To take advantage of this solution, people must have been vaccinated.
In addition, the government is in contact with the United States, Cuba, Venezuela, Barbados and Saint Lucia, should assistance be needed.
Soon supermarkets and gas stations were hit by a storm by residents who undoubtedly feared an economic crisis in the wake of the expected natural disaster.
Here is a video of the weather, at the site, where men, women and children are in awe, but the instructions to evacuate safely must be respected: