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  • Eastern Caribbean on alert due to rare volcanic activity

    Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/c...noes-1.5857592

    Eastern Caribbean on alert due to rare volcanic activity
    Alerts issued in Martinique and St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    The Associated Press Posted: Dec 30, 2020 2:09 PM ET | Last Updated: 1 hour ago

    Volcanoes that have been quiet for decades are rumbling to life in the eastern Caribbean, prompting officials to issue alerts in Martinique and St. Vincent and the Grenadines as scientists rush in to study activity they say hasn't been observed in years.

    The most recent warning was issued late Tuesday for La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a chain of islands home to more than 100,000 people. Officials reported tremors, strong gas emissions, formation of a new volcanic dome and changes to its crater lake.

    The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency said that scientists observed an "effusive eruption within the crater, with visible gas and steam" on Tuesday.

    The government warned those living near the volcano to prepare to evacuate if needed, declaring an orange alert that means eruptions could occur with less than 24 hours' notice.

    La Soufriere, located near the northern tip of the main island of St. Vincent, last erupted in 1979, and a previous eruption in 1902 killed some 1,600 people. That occurred shortly before Martinique's Mt. Pelee erupted and destroyed the town of Saint-Pierre, killing more than 30,000 people...


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    Source: https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/st-vinc...-ash-1.5249845

    St. Vincent residents advised to evacuate after La Soufriere volcano spews ash
    Reuters
    Published Thursday, December 31, 2020 2:05PM EST


    CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA -- Residents of the eastern Caribbean island chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines were advised to evacuate their homes on Thursday after a volcano, dormant for decades, came back to life and began spewing ash.

    The government raised the alert level to orange for the volcano La Soufriere, indicating that it could erupt within 24 hours, and recommended people who live nearby should leave their homes immediately.

    Steam, gas and a volcanic dome, formed by lava that reaches the Earth's surface, were seen over La Soufriere, located in the northern area of St. Vincent island, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency said...

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