The La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent began a series of explosive eruptions on April 9, sending clouds of hot ash some 20,000 feet into the air, blanketing much of the island in ash and causing water and electricity outages.
The latest and biggest eruption so far took place early on Monday, April 12, when the volcano sent deadly clouds of hot gas, ash and stones down the mountainsides. La Soufriere volcano blasted high volumes of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island last week, with officials worried about the lives of those who have refused to evacuate. The explosions at the 3,864-foot volcano could continue for days or weeks, according to the UWI Seismic Research Centre.
To date, there are no reports of deaths or injuries. 16,000+ residents near the volcano were evacuated a day before the eruptions began, as concerns grew about activity on the volcano, which killed an estimated 1,600 people during a violent 1902 eruption. An unknown number of residents have declined to be moved, according to island officials.
The pandemic also is complicating response efforts. At least 14 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the eruptions began on Friday, and all those going to shelters are being tested. Those who test positive are taken to isolation centers. More than 3,700 people are in 84 government shelters.
Good360 is working with Global Citizen USA to get 10 containers to St Vincent via ship and/or air.
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