Tuesday, April 20, 2021

NEMO: Large explosion at La Soufriere, volcano column collapsed

antiguaobserver.com

SOURCE- LOOP TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: The UWI Seismic Research Centre and the National Emergency Management Organisation have confirmed that there was a large explosion at the La Soufriere Volcano at approximately 4:15 am on Monday.

The volcano column has since collapsed and according to NEMO, pyroclastic flows can now be seen along the valleys on the eastern and western coasts.

In a bulletin issued at 6pm on Sunday, the National Emergency Management Organisation said the seismic network recorded short episodes of high-amplitude seismic tremor, each lasting around 20 minutes and with gaps between them from one to six hours.

The episodes appeared to coincide with periods of enhanced venting or explosive activity. The background level of seismic tremor between the episodes has been increasing slowly since about 10:30 am.

Since the explosion that was recorded early this morning, residents say they’ve been hearing a gurgling sound.

The alert level remains red.

montreal.ctvnews.ca
by Billy Shields / Adam Kovac
photo: ctv

MONTREAL — Montrealers are banding together to help victims of a volcano eruption in the Caribbean country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

On Saturday morning, members of Montreal’s Caribbean diaspora gathered at St. Paul’s Anglican Church to gather donated goods.

“They need people to help them. I’m Haitian and I’m happy to help my brothers and sisters from the islands,” said Maria Eugene.

“I’m from Jamaica and it doesn’t matter if it happens in St. Vincent or Jamaica, we have to work together,” added volunteer Clifford Dalphy.

Thousands of people have been displaced by the volcano’s destruction.

“The vegetation is gone, the crops, the coconut trees. They’re all gone,” said St. Vincent and the Grenadines Society President Alfred Dear. “The homes are being damaged by ash.”

At the church, the volunteers packed barrels with food, toys and toiletries. Organizers said they hope to keep collecting goods for the forseeable future.

“The eruption is ongoing. It may last three months, four months,” said Dear.