NEMO tweeted: “There was an explosive eruption in La Soufrière.” It added: “The gray smoke extends eastward up to 20,000 feet.”
NEMO said the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonçalves, announced a disaster alert on Thursday due to changes in the eruption activity of the La Soufrière volcano.
NEMO said the island is in a red warning state, which means that the volcanic eruption is “imminent.”
It said: “Please leave the red zone immediately. La Sofrière erupts. The ashes are recorded until Argyll International Airport.”
On Friday, Dora James, the director general of the Red Cross Society of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, told CNN that the eruption sounded like a “large jet engine” and that there was a “stabilization” in the soot column. Smoke flow”.
She said that shortly after the explosion, ships and some vehicles were evacuated from the area at the last minute. James also evacuated from the area, but is looking back to see if there is damage.
She said the telephone lines in the area are currently blocked because too many people are calling to get news and check anyone who might stay.
James experienced the eruption in April 1979, and he still remembers it well. She said that the volcanic eruption in 1979 caused more fires and flying ash.
Freelance journalist Kenton Chance told CNN that he is about five miles from the Le Soufrière volcano in the town of Rosehall, Saint Vincent.
He said: “Usually, you will have a very spectacular view of the volcano.” “But because there is a lot of ash in the air, you can’t see it.” He said that the ash content is still declining, but the amount is decreasing.
When I arrived, I had the opportunity to hear a rumbling sound from the mountain, but it subsided afterwards.
A spokesperson for the Seismological Research Center of the University of the West Indies or UWI-SRC told CNN that evacuation orders have been issued in approximately twelve areas of St. Vincent, affecting approximately 6,000 to 7,000 people.
Chance said that on the way to Rosehall, he witnessed many people stopping on the side of the road, which he believed were evacuated.
He said that so far, he has not seen reports of property damage, personal injury or death.