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St. Vincent on red alert for 'imminent' volcanic eruption

April 9, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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2ARDJ0M La Soufriere volcano crater panorama with tuff cone hidden in green, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Thursday declared a disaster alert prompted by a change in the eruptive activity at the La Soufrière volcano, according to the country's National Emergency Management Organization.

(CNN)St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Thursday declared a disaster alert prompted by a change in the eruptive activity at the La Soufrière volcano, according to the country's National Emergency Management Organization.

Evacuation orders are in place in about a dozen districts of St. Vincent, affecting roughly 6,000 to 7,000 people, a spokesperson for the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre, or UWI-SRC, told CNN.

St. Vincent is the largest island of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines chain in the Caribbean.

Scientists at the Belmont Observatory in St. Vincent observed a volcanic tremor on the island at about 3 a. m. local time, according to UWI-SRC.

The first band of tremors was followed by four more with the latest at 1 p. m. This type of seismic signal is usually associated with movement of magma and fluids close to the surface, according to UWI-SRC.

The volcano has had five explosive eruptions -- in 1718, 1812, 1814, 1902/03 and 1979 -- according to the seismic research center.

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