By Caribbean News Global contributor
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — More of the same is the buzz word coming our of the effects of La Soufriere volcano epuption – heavy ash all over the island, as explosive events are ongoing. Overnight there was lighting, tremor, lava flow, electricity outage to accompany setbacks in the water supply.
Approximately 20,000 people will be internally displaced for up to four months. Evacuation efforts are compounded by heavy ash and people who decided to leave at the point of explosive eruptions. Moreover, while other islands are offering accommodations COVID-19 vaccination is a prerequisite.
A number of homes have been destroyed, and some public infrastructural awaiting further assessment. Hazardous driving conditions accompanied by rainfall has reduced mobility. The heavy ashfall over the island is likely to damage/destroy most crops and livestock.
The effects of ash plume continue to impact everyday activity in Barbados.
Management of the Grantley Adams International Airport Inc., has advised that the temporary closure of the airport will be extended from 6:00 a.m. tomorrow, Sunday, April 11, until noon, on Monday, April 12.
In Saint Lucia, an advisory for the ministry of health and wellness, says:
“Ashfall is the most likely volcanic hazard, which can result in eye, skin and breathing problems. Exposure to ash fall can result in cough, breathlessness, chest tightness, and wheezing due to irritation of the lining of the airways by fine particles.”
The Air and Sea Ports Authority, says:
“We stand ready to support the government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines. We have activated our Ports Response plan to assist during this critical period. #WeStandWithSVG
“The plan identifies the George F.L Charles Airport and the Castries Seaport as the designated entry points for evacuees. The Authority is working in close tandem with essential partners, particularly the ministry of health and wellness to ensure adherence to the ministry’s stipulated COVID 19 protocols.”
La Soufriere eruption scientific update 11/04/21 9.00 am
- In the last twelve hours episodes of tremor normally lasting up to 20 minutes have continued to be recorded.
- The intervals between the tremors have been between 1.5 to 3 hours.
- Based on visual observations and satellite imagery, the intervals are associated with periods of explosive activity or enhanced venting.
- Thunder and lightning were experienced during these periods.
- Heavy ashfall was observed at the Belmont Observatory throughout the night.
- Ashfall was also reported to have occurred in most areas of the island overnight and in neighbouring islands: the Grenadines, Barbados and Saint Lucia.
- Explosions and accompanying ashfall, of similar or larger magnitude, are likely to continue to occur over the next few days.
There are tremendous volunteerism and solidarity throughout the region: the immediate needs are water, bedding, respiratory equipment and supplies, and sanitary products for babies/elderly/women.
Volcanic ash information resources: https://www.ivhhn.org/information
Volcanic ash safety videos: https://www.ivhhn.org/information/ivhhn-videos