Caribbean countries have provided assistance either by providing emergency supplies or by temporarily opening their borders.
The eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the strongest sulfur-smelling community have been hit by heavy ash Strong explosion Volcanoes in La Sophia have claimed the lives of thousands of people who have been evacuated by government order.
Caribbean countries, including Antigua and Guyana, provided assistance on Saturday by providing emergency supplies or temporarily opening their borders. 16,000 transfers Fleeing communities scattering ashes with many personal belongings that can be stuffed in suitcases and backpacks.
The volcano, which last erupted in a massive eruption in 1979, erupted and experts warned that the eruption could continue for days or weeks.
Earlier, an explosion in 1902 killed about 1,600 people.
“The first shock is not the biggest shock that this volcano will have,” University geologist Richard Robertson told a news conference at the Seismological Research Center in the West Indies.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonzalez has called on people to remain calm, be patient and protect themselves from the carnivirus as he celebrates that no deaths or injuries have been reported since the blast north of St. Vincent, Grenadines and part of the island home to more than 100,000 people.
“Agriculture will be damaged, and some of our animals may be harmed, and our houses will have to be repaired, but if we have life and we have energy, we will build it better, stronger, together,” he told a local station, NBC Radio. In an interview with Dr.
Gonsalves said it could take up to four months for life to return to normal, depending on the damage caused by the blast.
As of Friday, 2,000 people were housed in 62 government shelters and four empty cruise ships were floating nearby and waiting for other evacuees to be taken to a nearby island.
Those staying in shelters were tested for COVID-19, and anyone taking a positive test would be taken to an isolated center.
The first eruption took place on Friday morning, based on a warning from scientists, citing a kind of seismic activity by the government before dawn on Thursday, which meant Majma was close to the surface.
An ash column struck lightning over land-clouds late Friday night with more than a kilometer (23,000 feet) in the sky.
The ash forced the cancellation of several flights and the removal of visibility restrictions in some areas.
Officials warned that 1,220 meters (4,000 feet) of volcanic eruptions could occur in Barbados, St. Lucia and Grenada due to light ash. Most of the ash was expected to enter the northeast Atlantic Ocean.
An earlier eruption in La Saufer in December prompted experts in the region to analyze the formation of new volcanic domes and, among other things, to change the lakes in its trough.
The island of Grenada in the Eastern Caribbean has 19 living volcanoes, including two underwater bodies. One of these, Kick ’em Jenny, has been active in recent years.
But the most active volcano of all is the Saufria Hills in Montserrat. It has been rampant since 1995, destroying the capital of Plymouth in 1999 and killing at least 19 people.