The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reports a volcanic eruption has been detected at La Soufriere on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent Sunday afternoon.
"At 4:49 pm on 18/04/21, there was another explosive eruption at LS. It's been 52 hours since the last explosive event. There have now been at least 30 identifiable explosive events since the start of this eruptive phase. We continue to monitor and will provide an update in this evening's advisory," CDEMA stated.
The La Soufrière volcano erupted today, April 18th 2021 at 4:49pm— CDEMA (@cdemacu) April 18, 2021
Please see the detailed update from @uwiseismic #RegionalResponse #cdema #disastermanagement #disasterpreparedness #lasoufriere #stvincentandthegrenadines pic.twitter.com/FChh8Pi9jj
SkyAlert, a Mexico-based early earthquake warning company, posted a video of the alleged eruption. It said a "high eruptive column and possible pyroclastic surges," adding that "thousands of people are still sheltered in lower-risk areas."
Esta tarde se registró una nueva erupción vulcaniana (tipo de erupción) en el volcán #LaSoufriere en la isla San Vicente. Alta columna eruptiva y posibles oleadas piroclásticas.— SkyAlert (@SkyAlertMx) April 18, 2021
Miles de personas aún permanecen refugiadas en zonas de menor riesgo. pic.twitter.com/4d4WqRMK4c
The latest explosive eruption showed up on satellite imagery.
St. Vincent's National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) released a statement that "ash clouds are moving towards the south and west of the island. "Alert level remains RED," NEMO warned.
Last week, tens of thousands of residents were evacuated from the island's northern region, where La Soufriere is located.
At the moment, the island is completely covered with ash from multiple eruptions.
Before And After
Before And After
Here is more devastation from the ashfall.
The entire Caribbean island is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis. The ashfall from eruptions has contaminated the island's water supply and decimated crops.