At the volcano on St. Vincent Island in the Caribbean, there was another “explosive event” where power outages and water supplies were cut off.
The La Soufrière volcano first erupted on Friday, covering the island with a layer of ash and evacuating about 16,000 people.
Scientists warn that the eruption could last for days or even weeks.
Emergency officials described the landscape as a “combat zone” and said more damage and destruction were likely.
Emergency management organization Nemo Tweet: “A major power outage following another explosive event at Las Friere volcano. Lightning, thunder, and rumbling.”
Later we talked about “potential destruction and devastation of communities near volcanoes”, and Compared the eruption to the worst 1902 eruption in St. Vincent’s history When more than 1,000 people are killed.
Buildings and roads around the island, including the capital Kingstown, are covered with white dust.
According to Nemo, after taking a shower overnight, the ashes began to solidify on the ground, and many homes were still lacking water and electricity.
However, some residents said power had been restored by noon local time (16:00 GMT).
How are the residents dealing with it?
Nemo urges people to “watch out for roads that are at risk as a result of the ashes flow.”
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said water to most of the island was cut off and its airspace closed due to smoke moving through the atmosphere and thick eruptions of volcanic ash.
Gonzalves said thousands of residents have been sleeping in emergency shelters since Friday. “It’s a huge operation we’re facing,” he told NBC News.
He previously said that a lot of volcanic ash had fallen into the sea. “I don’t know how much will come out … so far, it’s working well in that there are no injuries or deaths.”
According to the Caribbean Emergency Management Office, the Barbados Defense Force was deployed on St. Vincent to provide humanitarian assistance as part of a disaster response mission.
Houses on the island with a population of about 110,000 Covered with white volcanic ash And rock debris.
It urged warnings from authorities, and emergency groups alerted people suffering from respiratory problems.
“”Please note everything.We are covered in ash and a strong sulfur scent penetrates into the air.. I would like you to take the necessary precautions to maintain your safety and health. “
How are the larger areas affected?
Residents of Barbados, about 200 km (124 miles) east, are also encouraged to stay indoors.
“This is to protect yourself and your family,” said Kenneth George, Chief Medical Officer.
People on St. Lucia, about 76 km north of St. Vincent, warn that they expect air quality to be affected by harmful gases that can make breathing difficult for people with conditions such as asthma and Rodney Bay Medical on the island. Has been center said.
Olivia, a resident of Saint Lucia, told the BBC that he had never witnessed this and was worried about changes in wind direction and ash being carried north.
“I’m afraid of all the unknown effects at this point. It’s the ashes in the middle of a pandemic. No one is ready for that,” she said.
“Victoria Hospital has transformed into a respiratory hospital and is treating Covid patients,” she added. “Technically, anyone suffering from the effects of ash inhalation would be in the Covid patient’s ward,” she added.
More than 130 people who were planning to leave Saint Lucia for Canada had to be taken by boat to Saint Lucia on Saturday after being stuck when the flight was cancelled.
Other Caribbean countries, including Antigua and Guyana, have offered to send emergency supplies to St. Vincent. They also said they would open the border to those fleeing fallout from the eruption.
When did the new eruption begin?
The volcano has been dormant since 1979, but in late 2020 it began to make noises with steam and smoke.
The first sign of an imminent eruption was Thursday evening when the lava dome became visible on Mount Las Friere.
Just before 09:00 (13:00 GMT) on Friday, seismologists at West Indies University confirmed that an “explosive eruption” was underway.