Another Massive Explosion Rocks St. Vincent As Hot Ash Rains Down 

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Apr 12, 2021 - 12:42 PM

La Soufriere volcano "continues to erupt explosively and has now begun to generate pyroclastic density currents. Explosions and accompanying ashfall, of similar or larger magnitude, are likely to continue to occur over the next few days," warned St. Vincent's emergency management organization (NEMO). 

The ash plume is headed for Barbados. 

Here are the ashfall forecasts and islands to avoid traveling to.

NEMO continued, "the dome has already been destroyed and ejected. The eruption cloud went into the atmosphere and then collapsed, causing pyroclastic density currents." 

The large explosion at La Soufriere Volcano occurred early Monday morning and could be the biggest one yet. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes and placed in shelters. The volcano first erupted on Friday. Cruise ships arrived at the eastern Caribbean island this past weekend, only allowing vaccinated people to leave the island. 

"It's destroying everything in its path," Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center, told The Associated Press. "Anybody who would have not heeded the evacuation, they need to get out immediately."

Joseph compares the latest explosion to the one in 1902 when 1,600 people died. In total, the volcano has had six eruptions -- in 1718, 1812, 1814, 1902/03, 1979, and 2021.

NEMO said explosions and accompanying ashfall of similar or larger magnitude are likely to continue over the next few days.

Everything is covered in ash. 

Ash raining down on a local community. 

One Twitter user calls it "volcano rains." 

More pictures of the ash.

Richard Robertson, a geology professor at the seismic research center, told NBC on Monday that pyroclastic flows are some of the most dangerous things that could happen at volcanoes like La Soufriere.

He said: "I shudder to think of if any living creatures were on that mountain..." as very few buildings could withstand the force of pyroclastic flows.

Other explosions this weekend led to power cuts and affected water supplies on the islands. 

Experts still believe larger volcanic explosions are ahead