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La Soufriere has been erupting since April 9. (iWN photo)
La Soufriere has been erupting since April 9. (iWN photo)
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KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (CMC) — The La Soufriere volcano erupted, on Tuesday, 42 years to the day as it commemorates her own anniversary with another explosive episode.

The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) reported that the eruption began at 6:30 a.m. (local time) “and still continues at the time of this post.

“We continue to monitor and update accordingly,” the SRC said, warning, “the volcano is at alert level Red”.

It said that seismic activity is continuing along the pattern established on Monday with short bands of continuous seismic tremor interspersed with long-period earthquakes.

“Following the latest band of tremor, at 1:30 am, the long-period earthquakes have steadily become more frequent. Audible venting was heard associated with some periods of tremor and long-period earthquake activity.

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“The volcano continues to erupt explosively and has now begun to generate pyroclastic density currents — hot (200°C-700°C), ground-hugging flows of ash and debris. Explosions and accompanying ash fall, of similar or larger magnitude, are likely to continue to occur over the next few days impacting St. Vincent and neighbouring islands,” the SRC added.

The volcano hadn’t erupted since 1979 and La Soufriere has a history of deadly eruptions. Records show that in 1902, the volcano erupted for nearly eight months.

2 replies on “La Soufriere erupts on its 42nd anniversary”

  1. Sandra williams says:

    Oh God cover the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines and also the nearby Countries….. l pray for everyone who is involved …..PM you’re doing a good Job!!!

  2. So we are where we are…

    Some of us who are retired and can’t be as actively involved in shelter management can continue to give gentle reminders that all will be well.

    Hearing and seeing videos about politicising these eruptions. Quite disheartening.

    This ought not to be.

    Then I got to thinking about a programme of activities for Shelters…

    Persons may wish to get involved in the following schedule:

    Divide this camp/shelter into units for easier management


    6:00 am – 7:00 am – Morning devotions (to be rotated among selected persons)

    7:00 am – 8:00 am – Bath time for children, Elderly/disadvantaged /Preparation of breakfast for all

    Assign groups to clean up for breakfast, lunch and dinner time for each day!

    8:00 am – 10:00 am – Breakfast for all/clean up by assigned groups

    10:00 am – 11:00 am – Reporting /Unit meeting/Kitchen Staff to cook/Supervised games/classwork for children

    Assigned teachers/resource persons with requisite knowledge and skills in the identified areas

    11:00am – 12:00 noon – [Children supervised and be drafted into some aspects of these programmes ] Training of some sort /Sharing of skills or strategies on various topics (Money management; business development; preparation of foods; tailoring/other]

    12:00 noon – 3:00 pm – Lunch/clean up

    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – supervised rest / yard clean up/house cleaning/toilet cleaning/preparation for next day or evening meal

    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Games/competition/board games/ sewing/crotchet/concert/ Kitchen staff preparation time and cooking time

    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Supper/dinner time

    8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Preparation for bedtime for children/Adults for movie time/Prayers to be encouraged.

    You can vary this format accordingly.
    Hope this helps.

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