La Soufriere volcano continues to release ash at 8,000 meters high.
The La Soufriere volcano, located in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, continues active this Friday with the expulsion of an ash column that reaches 8,000 meters in height , as reported by the University’s Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the West Indies (UWI).
The SRC has detailed in a statement that the eruption this Friday began at 06:15 local time (10.15 GMT).
The scientific entity, which has been monitoring the La Soufriere eruptions since their first major outbreak a week ago, has indicated that seismic activity continues in the area .
Lesson learned: never presume you know exactly what a volcano is going to do. Explosion at #LaSoufriere at 6:16 am. Photo by @VincieRichie More details in the scientific advisory to follow. # lasoufrière #svg #redalert #volcano pic.twitter.com/OpXCdC0Usd
– UWISeismic Research (@uwiseismic) April 16, 2021
According to the SRC, a mild earthquake occurred on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. local time (01:00 GMT this Friday) that was possibly related to a small increase in soda vents .
“The volcano remains active even though the explosive activity appears to have ended, ” the SRC said.
The SRC also warned that the explosions that are accompanied by ash could restart in the future and affect the island of San Vicente – where the volcano is located – and other adjacent ones, since it is at the red alert level.
Local authorities have urged people still in danger areas to go to the shelters immediately.
The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines had recently warned that the relative calm of the past two days did not mean that the La Soufriere volcano eruptions had ended .
In addition, it warned of the threat of contagion by COVID-19 due to the high human concentration due to evacuations due to the natural phenomenon.