By Tatiana Arias, AneClaire Stapleton and Steve Almasy | NCS
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Thursday declared a catastrophe alert prompted by a change within the eruptive exercise on the La Soufrière volcano, in accordance with the nation’s National Emergency Management Organization.
The island is on red alert, which means an eruption is “imminent now,” NEMO stated.
Evacuation orders are in place in a few dozen districts of St. Vincent, affecting roughly 6,000 to 7,000 individuals, a spokesperson for the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre, or UWI-SRC, advised NCS.
St. Vincent is the most important island of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines chain within the Caribbean.
Scientists on the Belmont Observatory in St. Vincent noticed a volcanic tremor on the island at about 3 a.m. native time, in accordance with UWI-SRC.
The first band of tremors was adopted by 4 extra with the most recent at 1 p.m. This sort of seismic sign is often related to motion of magma and fluids near the floor, in accordance with UWI-SRC.
Clouds of steam may be seen from the observatory through the intervals of tremors.
The volcano has had 5 explosive eruptions — in 1718, 1812, 1814, 1902/03 and 1979 — in accordance with the seismic analysis heart.
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley has spoken to Gonsalves and supplied help, in accordance with the Ministry of National Security for Trinidad and Tobago.
Venezuela will ship humanitarian provides and danger consultants, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza stated on his Twitter account.