New explosion at St. Vincent volcano; cruise ship helps refugees

Kingstown, St. Vincent — On Friday, Las Friere volcano explodes with gas and ash when a cruise ship arrives to evacuate a foreigner stuck on ash-covered St. Vincent after a week-long eruption. It caused an explosion. ..

The explosion, which began on April 9, forced about 20,000 people to flee from the northern tip of the island in the eastern Caribbean Sea for shelter and polluted water supplies throughout the island.

“It wasn’t a big explosion compared to last weekend’s explosion, but it was big enough to pierce the clouds,” said the chief scientist at the West Indies University Seismic Research Center. One Richard Robertson said. In an interview with a local NBC radio. “Probably up to 8,000 meters (26,000 feet).”

Ash plume rises from Las Friere volcano
On April 16, 2021, an ash eruption rises from Las Friere volcano on St. Vincent Island in the eastern Caribbean Sea. (Vinci Ritchie / University of the West Indies Earthquake Research Center, via AP)

Explosive eruptions continued to rock the island for several months after the first eruption killed about 1,700 people during an equivalent eruption cycle of 1902, but so far the new eruption is one of its dangers. We have not reported the deaths of residents who received official warnings a day ago. It was imminent.

Meanwhile, British, American, and Canadian citizens were evacuated from the ports of Kingstown, the capital of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on a Royal Caribbean Cruises Celebrity Reflection. The ship was scheduled to arrive in Sint Maarten, the Netherlands on Saturday.

At Kingstown’s harbor terminal, dozens of foreigners carrying luggage from tour buses and cars came down and waited patiently in line from the parking lot to the back of the terminal.

They included students from Trinity Medical School and stranded tourists, including families with small children crossing their arms.

“Currently we are evacuating for safety and to keep the island as safe as possible,” said LLeah Ransai, a Canadian student at Trinity. “We are now evacuating between schools, governments, US and Canadian embassies.”

The US Embassy said that passengers must go home to make travel arrangements on their own.

Also, in an official statement, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not recommend traveling on a cruise ship because it could be infected with COVID-19, and cases suspected of COVID-19. People who were in close contact with travel. It was assumed that everyone on board had a negative rapid antigen test within 24 hours of boarding.

During that time, thousands of locals were trapped in emergency shelters without knowing when they could return home.

Levi Lewis, 58, a civil servant who retired from the town of Fancy, said the eruption allowed him to pass through virtually nothing.

“I didn’t walk much because I just reuse clothes,” he said. “Plus water is a problem, so I’m still trying to save it.”

“I want to go home or go to what’s left there,” he added.

However, some people did not leave against the evacuation order.

Raydon May, a bus conductor in his late twenties who stayed in Sandy Bay throughout the eruption, will stay whenever a volcano erupts and is a property of the community while occasionally going out of the evacuation zone to pick him up. Said he was trying to protect the water and supplies.

He said that so much ash had fallen that the roof of the house had collapsed due to its weight.

“One roof can ride like three trucks of sand,” he said. “We are trying to help … but we cannot help everyone.”

Christine Dean