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    Cruise ship races to evacuate residents from Caribbean island of St. Vincent as volcano threatens to erupt
    Authorities say the volcano was glowing after days of seismic activity
    The Associated Press ? Posted: Apr 08, 2021 7:14 PM ET | Last Updated: 30 minutes ago
    (CBC News)

    Authorities in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent have ordered mandatory evacuations on Thursday, saying they believe an active volcano is in danger of exploding.

    The island's emergency management office switched the alert level to red and said the first cruise line will in the next few hours evacuate those who live near La Soufri?re volcano. It was not immediately clear how many people would be evacuated, where the ship would take them or if they would remain temporarily aboard.

    Roughly 16,000 people live in the red zone and will need to be evacuated, Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies' Seismic Research Center, told The Associated Press.

    Evacuation efforts could be hampered by the pandemic.

    Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told a news conference that people have to be vaccinated if they go aboard a cruise ship or are granted temporary refuge in other nearby islands...

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      Saint Vincent volcano: 'Explosive' Soufri?re eruption sparks mass evacuation
      Published 26 minutes ago

      An "explosive" volcano eruption has blanketed the Caribbean island of St Vincent in ash and smoke.

      Volcanic activity on La Soufri?re was first detected on Thursday, at which point Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves urged more than 16,000 residents in so-called red zones to urgently evacuate.

      The volcano has since spewed ash 6,000m (20,000 ft) into the air.

      It is the first eruption on St Vincent since 1979. The worst on record killed more than 1,000 people in 1902...


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        Updated 6:46 a.m., Saturday, April 10, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
        By Demion McTair

        The Central Water and Sewage Authority ? CWSA said Saturday that ?we we are in the middle of an emergency with heavy ash fall everywhere, including at its intakes?.

        ?Presently, no water can be extracted from the rivers,? the state agency posted on Facebook.

        The CWSA said it is strongly advising the general public against using either your stored water supply or the pipe borne supply for anything other than drinking or cooking at this time.


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          Severe volcanic ash and small-craft warning in effect for Barbados

          Published onApril 10, 2021
          Article by Barbados Today

          ... Hazard Info: At 5 a.m. Saturday, there was another eruption at the La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent. Satellite imagery continues to show a thick plume of ash traveling easterly towards Barbados.

          There have been reports of ashfall across the island late yesterday evening and into this morning. Saharan dust haze also remains present across the island which will continue to reduce visibility. These adverse conditions are expected to continue to affect Barbados with variations in intensity and as a result, the Barbados Meteorological Service has issued a Volcanic Ash Warning.


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            Cruise Ships Play Crucial Role in St. Vincent Volcano Rescue

            April 9, 2021
            By Bruce Parkinson

            ... Only Vaccinated People Will Be Able To Board The Rescue Ships

            Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said in a press conference that only vaccinated people from the island would be eligible to board the cruise ships to take temporary refuge on another island.

            St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, and Antigua have all volunteered to accept evacuees, also on the condition that they be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.



            • Emily
              Emily commented
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              Wow. Sounds horrible yet the cruise industry took a beating. Not a fool-proof policy even if it were morally justified.
              Fully vaccinated since January, Minnesota nurse stuck in Mexico after testing positive for COVID (Unvaccinated companions all tested negative and free to re-enter US)

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            Preparedness for ashfall


            This document has been prepared by the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (IVHHN), Cities and Volcanoes Commission, GNS Science and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to promote the safety of those who experience volcanic ashfall.

            It details procedures to follow if warning of a volcanic ashfall is given, recommends what to do during ashfall, and what methods are most effective for cleaning up volcanic ash after the event.



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              ?Huge' Explosion Rocks Caribbean Island of St. Vincent as Volcano Keeps Erupting
              Volcanic activity began on the island late last week, prompting evacuations
              By Kristin Deane and D?nica Coto ? Published 46 mins ago

              La Soufri?re volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent late last week, with officials worried about the lives of those who have refused to evacuate.

              Experts called it a ?huge explosion? that generated pyroclastic flows down the volcano?s south and southwest flanks.

              ?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.?

              There were no immediate reports of injuries or death, but government officials were scrambling to respond to the latest eruption, which was even bigger than the first eruption that occurred Friday morning. Roughly 16,000 people who live in communities close to the volcano had been evacuated under government orders on Thursday, but an unknown number have remained behind and refused to move.

              Richard Robertson, with the seismic research center, told local station NBC Radio that the volcano's old and new dome have been destroyed and that a new crater has been created. He said that the pyroclastic flows would have razed everything in their way.

              ?Anything that was there, man, animal, anything...they are gone,? he said. ?And it?s a terrible thing to say it.?...


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                World Bank provides US$20m for St Vincent?s response to La Soufri?re eruption

                Published on April 12, 2021
                Article by Barbados Today

                TheWorld Bank disbursed US$20 million to support the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines? response to the crisis posed by the La Soufri?re volcano eruption.

                ... The funds are disbursed from a contingent credit line from the World Bank, known as the Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat-DDO), approved in June 2020. The Cat-DDO instrument is designed to provide immediate liquidity to support a country?s efforts to recover from disasters triggered by natural hazards or a public health emergency.



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                Publication Date: 2021/04/12

                BRIDGETOWN / PANAMA CITY, 11 April 2021 ? Between 16,000 and 20,000 people, including children, have been evacuated due to the eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines last Friday.

                ... Together with local and international partners, UNICEF immediately started providing humanitarian assistance to approximately 4,800 children in need, a number of them in temporary housing and shelters across the Caribbean. Moreover, more than 1,000 displaced and vulnerable families are expected to require immediate economic assistance due to the disruption of their livelihoods. A total of 62 shelters were opened on the island, hosting at least 3,200 people.

                Within 24 hours after the explosion, UNICEF provided an estimated 9,000 people, including children, with access to safe water and hygiene services in the evacuation shelters. These critical supplies included collapsible water bladders, collapsible water containers, purification tablets, and dignity kits.



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                  They are having a hard time keeping the ash from collapsing roofs.

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                      U.S. To Evacuate Americans from Volcano

                      APRIL 14, 2021

                      With the La Soufriere Volcano continuing to explosively erupt on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, the United States is preparing to evacuate all Americans from the island. The U.S. State Department warns this may be the last chance for Americans to get out of harm?s way on the island.

                      The U.S. Embassy is coordinating with Royal Caribbean Cruise Group?s Celebrity cruise line to secure use of the Celebrity Reflection for an evacuation on Friday.



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                        Sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions from #LaSoufriere volcano eruption in the Caribbean have reached all the way to #India, as seen Thursday by@CopernicusECMWF#Sentinel5p via@PlatformAdam

                        3:31 AM ? Apr 16, 2021?Twitter Web App