Caribbean Island covered in Ash post volcanic eruption
The tiny eastern Caribbean island of Saint Vincent was blanketed with a thin layer of ash and a “strong sulphur” smell hung in the air on April 10, a day after a volcano spectacularly erupted after decades of inactivity.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, where just over 100,000 people live, has not experienced volcanic activity since 1979, when an eruption caused approximately $100 million in damages. La Soufriere’s eruption in 1902 killed more than 1,000 people.
Visibility in some areas was extremely limited, while in the capital city Kingstown on the south of the island. The volcano is in the north, the ash caused a thin haze of dust.
The new eruption followed mandatory evacuation orders for people who live near the volcano. Officials planned to place them aboard cruise ships, send them to nearby islands or take them to shelters elsewhere in St. Vincent that are outside the danger zone.