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St Vincent’s volcano may erupt

Regional 04 Jan, 2021 Follow News

St Vincent residents around La Soufriere fear it erupting

St Vincent’s La Soufrière volcano is on the verge of explosive eruption and is being closely monitored. At press time the residents in the north of the island have been placed on evacuation alert and public visits to the volcano are no longer allowed.

The volcano recently begun to spew lava from a newly formed dome after lying dormant for decades. Authorities have issued an orange alert for the area, affecting more than 100,000 people, as scientists assess the latest activity.

The orange alert means the volcano may erupt with less than 24 hours’ notice. The next highest alert level is red, which means an eruption is in progress.

Last Tuesday officials warned of strong gas emissions, formation of a new volcanic dome and changes to its crater lake at the volcano. Officials said the volcano could erupt any day and is advising people from Fancy in the north of the island to Georgetown on the northeast coast they may have to evacuate.

A team of scientists from Trinidad and Tobago were flown in to the island to provide support to those assessing the eruption.

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