Concern is growing in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines over the eruption of “La Soufriere” volcano. Scientific authorities warn that the volcanic activity could last for days. So far, one person has died in the ash-laden air and at least 16,000 evacuees have died, yet the Vincennes prefer to remain calm before succumbing to fear.
Verona Hilux said, “This is the second time I’ve experienced this. The first time I broke out, I was 9 years old. Now I’m fifty. I’m better off, because I’m more knowledgeable but it’s very dangerous,” said Verona Hilux. He was evacuated by the Red Cross.
The Caribbean state authorities have reported that three people are missing. The volcano erupted on Friday for the first time since 1979 and recorded over the course of the day up to three volcanic eruptions, with plumes of ash and smoke up to six kilometers high.
“We are now in a somewhat silent period between times. The eruptions have already started (up to three) and there might be more. They weren’t necessarily the strongest. It’s basically new magma, various materials and gas.” Volcano activity monitoring scientist Richard Robertson said Friday. In statements to state radio NBC: “We do not owe each other. A surprise if it lasts for days or weeks. You have to watch it closely. ”
In turn, he indicated that ash was reaching the capital, Kingstown, in the south, and asked that masks be kept not only due to the epidemic, but also because of the density of the air due to the ash.
The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonçalves, for his part, asked for the patience of the inhabitants of the red zone, the area near the volcano, and indicated that if there were no more severe eruptions, that may be the case. It is estimated at four months the beginning of a return to normal life.
Several neighboring countries such as Saint Lucia, Dominica and Barbados have already begun handing in necessary materials to many of the approximately 16,000 people residing in the area who are being evacuated, such as tents, mattresses and other items that will be distributed throughout the day.