Thousands of people evacuated after the La Soufrière volcano erupts on St. Vincent Island

Last Updated 1 month ago by Devontae Jackson.

Image courtesy of UWISeismic Research.

The La Soufrière volcano erupted on Friday shooting ash more than 30,000 feet into the air. At one point, lightning was reported from the eruption. Which we associate with a dirty thunderstorm after a volcano erupts.

This occurred on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Thousands of people have been evacuated to shelters and off the island. Cruise ships have arrived to take people off the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines but also Grenada, Barbados, Saint Lucia, and other surrounding islands. People in shelters would be tested for COVID and isolated should they come back positive. However, it is reported that shelters were and are filling up quickly. More than 10,000 people are in mandatory evacuation orders. Also, when this occurred yesterday, multiple flights were canceled. Ash was reported falling in surrounding communities following the eruption.

The AP reports the last time the volcano erupted was in 1979 and in 1902.

There is also a concern of water shortages because people were stocking up on water.

A volcanic ash advisory is still in effect and the volcano is still erupting at this hour.

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