The volcanic La Sfrier, which erupted Friday morning on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent, is still unsettled, sending ash and smoke flying through the air for miles. The blast forced thousands of people to flee their homes. Cruise ships have been used to evacuate island residents.
The volcano erupted on Friday morning since 1979. La Sofrier blew gray and dark smoke into the air at an altitude of more than 6 kilometers. The ash was also found at the international airport, about 20 kilometers from the volcano. Neighboring Barbados should also take gray rainfall into account.
The eruptions were recorded throughout Friday. According to the research center that deals with the island’s volcanic activity, earthquakes can last for weeks or months. “This is just the beginning,” said Erosilla Joseph of the Earthquake Center.
Scientists first saw an increase in volcanic activity in La Sofrier in December, within which an eruption was predicted.
The largest island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is Saint Vincent. About 100,000 people live there. The country’s prime minister has ordered the eviction of more than 16,000 residents living in ‘red’ zones.
The eruption of La Sofrier in 1902 claimed the lives of more than a thousand people. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, like other countries in the Lesser Antilles, are located on a volcanic curve in the eastern Caribbean.