Experts raised concerns about residents refusing to evacuate as the ‘big blast’ was reported at La Soufriere volcano.
La Soufriere volcano on the island of St Vincent in the Caribbean broke out in another huge explosion on Monday, sends sulfuric gas and ash over a large area and raises safety concerns among non-evacuated residents.
The latest eruption sent streams of rapidly moving hot gas and volcanic matter down the volcano’s south and southwest slopes, erupting for the first time on Friday.
The government has Order about 16,000 people People living in communities near the volcano were evacuated on April 9, after the island was put on red alert due to a change in volcanic activity at La Soufriere crater.
“It is destroying everything in its path,” Erouscilla Joseph, director of the West Indies University’s Center for Seismic Studies, told the AP news agency.
“Anyone who is not interested in evacuation, they need to get out immediately,” Joseph said.
There are no reports of deaths or injuries yet, but the drinking water supply on the island has been contaminated.
“There was a huge explosion– largest so far from the event – This morning is around 4:15 am, ”said Colvin Harry, program manager at NBC Radio in Kingstown, capital of St Vincent and the Grenadines, on Monday.
Harry told Al Jazeera: “There has been an ongoing process to release gas from the volcanic location.
He said people are currently running out of clean drinking water because supplies have become “heavily polluted” due volcanic ash.
La Soufriere last erupted in 1979, while an earlier eruption in 1902 killed about 1,600 people.
The volcano begins to show signs of activity in December and begins erupted again on April 9.
Preliminary reports indicate that the volcanic flow destroyed nearby farms and structures.
“Scientists have recommended this could continue for many days. It can go on for weeks. It can go even further than that and sometimes there can be very large explosions throwing more ash into the atmosphere, ”said Harry.
“It won’t be a good picture when we have a full view of everything,” he said.
Experts have raised concerns about residents refusing to evacuate.
It’s not clear how many people are still in their homes, but a government minister who visited the northeastern area of the island on Sunday said he had seen a few dozen alone in the Gulf community. Sandy.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has urged people to leave, telling them it is not safe.
Gonsalves also said over the weekend that it could take four months before life returns to normal on St Vincent.
Richard Robertson, a seismologist, told NBC Radio that pyroclastic currents of volcanoes – which National Geographic defines as “dense currents, fast moving[s] frozen lava fragments, volcanic ash and hot air ”- may have flattened things their way.
“Anything there – people, animals, anything … they’re gone,” Robertson said. “And that’s a terrible thing to say that.”