St Vincent Prepares for more Volcanic Eruptions

Peyton Feldman, Writer

By Peyton Feldman 

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On the Caribbean Island of St Vincent, the volcano La Soufriere erupted with a brief explosion transforming the extravagant hotspot gray and gloomy 

The explosion occurred on Saturday strong sulfuric smelling ash blanketed the town making it difficult for citizens who couldn’t evacuate to breath. This is the first time it has bursted since 1979. Richard Roberson, a geologist with the University of West Indies Seismic Research Centre and warned this is likely only the beginning during a news conference. The first bang is not necessarily the biggest bang this volcano will give”. He also informed us that ash will continue to fall for the next couple of days up to weeks, stretching up to Barbados approximately 120 miles east. 

Ralph Gonsalves the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines ordered residents to evacuate out of the red zones located at the north side of the island on Thursday after scientist notified them magma was rising to the surface. According to NBC news “About 16,000 people have had to flee “packing their belongings into backpacks and suitcases. There haven’t been any recorded deaths. 

On Saturday people who didn’t evacuate already headed towards the main island in small boats. NBC news states “About 3,200 people took refuge at 78 government-run shelters, and four empty cruise ships”. Nearby nations also were willing to accept evacuees. Gonsalves wanted citizens to stay calm and protect themselves from Covid even government run shelters put Covid-19 guidelines in place testing every refuge and had isolated anyone who tested positive. 

Prime Minister Gonsalves seems confident that life will return to normal at most after four months. He said “Agriculture will be badly affected, and we may have some loss of animals, and we will have to do repairs to houses. But if we have life and we have strength — we will build it back better, stronger, together,”. The ash will not only harm agriculture. It will additionally pose a risk to residents especially those with underlying respiratory problems.