Jun 16, 2021 · Soufrière St. Vincent volcano (St. Vincent Island, West Indies): latest image reveals 2021 crater. A remarkable aerial image, taken on 29 May, depicts a new crater formed after the series of massive explosions during April this year. The crater is located next to 1812 crater as can be seen in the attached image.
Apr 28, 2021 · St. Vincent Volcano Eruption: Live Story As the volcano continues to erupt and earthquakes reverberate across the island, about 4,000 people are currently housed in shelters, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.
Sep 15, 2021 · This is level two of four. The La Soufrière Volcano began explosively erupting at 8:41 AM on April 9th, 2021, with explosive eruptions concluding on April 22nd. Ashfall has affected several Windward Islands, including St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Barbados. The La Soufrière Volcano has produced dangerous pyroclastic flows and lahars.
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Last updated: 10:00 PM February 6th, 2021 An effusive eruption is ongoing at the La Soufrière Volcano. The dome is growing within the crater, mainly laterally. Steam and volcanic gases can be seen above the crater, with acidic gases damaging nearby vegetation, now cascading down the flanks of the volcano. New cracks have formed on the crater floor and the 1979 pre-existing dome. The new dome could overtop the crater and send lava cascading down the volcano in the coming months if the ongoing rate of effusion continues. A glow can be seen on clear nights. According to the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre‘s Director, Dr. Erouscilla Joseph, beginning in early November, there was an increase in the background level of seismicity at the La SoufrièreVolcano. At 1:20 PM on December 27th, 2020, a UWI SRC staff member was made aware of a hotspot being detected on a NASA satellite used to track wildfires globally. The hotspot, near the center of the crater, was detected b...
Last updated: 10:00 PM February 6th, 2021 Seismicity has increasedat the La Soufrière Volcano due to a combination of an increased number of seismic monitoring stations and more seismic events – which is normal for an ongoing volcanic eruption. Beginning 1st November 2020, the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the West Indies recorded 121 seismic events at La Soufriere, with one or two earthquakes a day and a maximum of eleven volcanic earthquakes recorded on 16th November 2020. Two of the earthquakes recorded to date have been larger than magnitude 2.0, at magnitude 2.3 and 2.5, which occurred on 12th and 14th December. The largest so far, at magnitude 3.3, was recorded at 10:29 PM on 16th December 2020. However, as more and more monitoring stations increased across St. Vincent, additional seismic events were being registered. Since the installation of a seismic station on the 6th Januaryon the flanks of the volcano at Wallibou, and the one at the summit, on the 18...
Last updated: 10:00 PM February 6th, 2021 There are no evacuation orders in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The alert level was raised to Orange on December 29th, 2020, and remains at that level to date. According to the National Emergency Management Organization, there are no evacuation orders or notices for St. Vincent at this time The UWI SRC has advised that, based on the complex patterns of previous eruptions, it is too early to conclude that the current activity will remain a simple dome extrusion event. There is still a possibility of a shift to an explosive phase.A definitive prognosis on the current unrest episode cannot be provided until further data analysis is completed. The alert level remains at Orange. Persons living in areas close to the volcano which include communities from Fancy to Georgetown and Belle Isle to Richmond are asked to remain alert and listen to all advisories from the National Emergency Management Organisation.
Last updated: 10:00 PM February 6th, 2021 Regular aerial reconnaissance continues, up to two flights a day, safety permitting. A three-person team of scientists from the UWI SRC is present on the island. The team comprises Geologist Professor Richard Robertson, Instrumentation Engineer Lloyd Lynch, and Engineering Technician Ian Juman. Equipment brought from Trinidad has been deployed by the Soufriere Monitoring Unit. Additional personnel joined from the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, Dr Thomas Christopher and Dr Adam Stinton. Collaboration amongst regional governments, national disaster offices, and CDEMAare ongoing with the Regional Coordination Plan and Regional Coordinating Centre activated. The CARICOM Disaster Assessment and Coordination (CDAC), CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST), Rapid Needs Assessment Team (RNAT), and Caribbean Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) have been placed on alert.
What hazards are associated with the La Soufrière Volcano?
Particularly with the La Soufrière Volcano, pyroclastic flows and surges, mudflows, ashfall, and projectiles are the most hazardous events expected compared to lava flows, atmospheric phenomena, earthquakes, and phreatic explosions. Secondary effects such as landslidesand events of more remote possibility such as directed blasts and structural collapse are also possible. You can read more about the hazards here.
Are all volcanoes in the Caribbean connected?
No. The process of subduction across the Lesser Antilles has created the islands north of T&T (with the exception of Barbados) through volcanism, but that’s where the link stops. Seismicity associated with different volcanoes is not linked. Hence, an eruption of La Soufrièredoes not mean an eruption of Kick’em Jenny or any other Lesser Antilles volcano is imminent. If one occurs, it will likely be an unlucky coincidence. The SRC is responsible for monitoring all seismic and all volcanological...
Is La Soufrière a threat to T&T?
There is no threat to T&T and the remainder of the Lesser Antilles, with the obvious exception at this time being St. Vincent.
Apr 20, 2021 · About 20,000 people were evacuated from the area nearest to La Soufrière volcano on the north side of St. Vincent after it began erupting on April 9 for the first time in 42 years. The island ...
Apr 10, 2021 · 'Extremely heavy ash fall' as authorities report third explosion at volcano in St. Vincent By Radina Gigova and Theresa Waldrop, CNN Updated 5:03 PM ET, Sat April 10, 2021