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Massive power outages strike St Vincent as officials record more volcanic activity

St Vincent volcano eruption
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Massive power outages struck the Caribbean island of St Vincent before dawn on Sunday, as officials recorded more explosive activity at a long-dormant volcano that launched into a series of eruptions.

After remaining quiet for nearly 42 years, La Soufriere rumbled back into life Friday, blanketing the island in ash and permeating the air with the stench of sulphur. The eruptions prompted thousands to flee for safety, with around 16,000 people living in areas under evacuation orders.

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Covid madness: Can't board rescue vessels until vaccinated

St Vincent Volcano Eruption
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The volcano on the Caribbean Island of St Vincent has erupted. Cruise liners and Ferries are rushing to the scene to evacuate people caught by the eruption - but people are not allowed to board the cruise liners until they receive a Covid vaccination.
Caribbean's St Vincent island volcano erupts after 16,000 people evacuated

Posted Yesterday at 1:37am, updated Yesterday at 2:03am

An explosive eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in the Caribbean has rocked the island of St Vincent following mandatory evacuation orders from the local government.

More than 16,000 residents had been evacuated as volcanic activity increased ahead of the eruption, which took place on Friday morning local time.

Evacuees have been given temporary homes on cruise ships and in safer parts of the island.

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Evacuees told to get vaccinated

The new eruption followed mandatory evacuation orders issued on Thursday for people who lived near the volcano.

The pandemic could hamper evacuation efforts.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said in a press conference that people had to be vaccinated if they went aboard a cruise ship or were granted temporary refuge on another island.

He said two Royal Caribbean cruise ships were expected to arrive by Friday and a third one in the coming days, as well as two Carnival cruise ships by Friday.

Source: - Caribbean's St Vincent island volcano erupts after 16,000 people evacuated
I don't blame the rescuers - they are doing the right thing, putting their very expensive ships in danger to rescue people. Volcanic ash could easily cause millions of dollars worth of damage just by landing on the ships, or by getting sucked into the engine air intakes. So they deserve recognition for their courage and compassion.

What I blame is the world's obsession with Covid.

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St Vincent rocked by explosive eruption of La Soufrière volcano

The eruption occurred a day after a red alert
© UWI Seismic Research Centre
The eruption occurred a day after a red alert was declared.
National Emergency Management Organisation warned residents to leave and said ash plume had reached 20,000ft

The Caribbean island of St Vincent has been rocked by an explosive eruption of La Soufrière volcano, which spewed clouds of ash miles into the air a day and forced thousands to flee for safety.

The country's National Emergency Management Organisation (Nemo) confirmed on Twitter that the 4,049-foot volcano had erupted on Friday morning and warned residents to leave the surrounding areas.

Pictures shared on social media showed towering plumes of gas and volcanic matter billowing into the sky above the volcano, and heavy ash fall was reported in the surrounding areas.

"The majesty that is La Soufrière is awake in all her terrifying glory," tweeted Heidi Badenock, a lawyer on the island.


Comment: More on the outrageous government order that anyone who wants to evacuate the island must take part in the Covid vaccine experiment:

No vaccine, no rescue? Confusion after St. Vincent PM says only those with Covid jab can flee VOLCANO on cruise ships


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La Soufriere volcano threatens to erupt - 100,000 ordered to evacuate Caribbean island

Smoke spews from the glowing dome of the La Soufriere volcano
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Smoke spews from the glowing dome of the La Soufriere volcano
A Caribbean island has issued a red alert and ordered an evacuation after warnings of an 'imminent' volcanic eruption.

Residents of St Vincent have been told to leave their homes due to the 'significant increase in the risk of an eruption.'

The government said on Thursday that the danger centres on the La Soufriere volcano in the northern region of the island.

Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said people living in so-called red zones in the northwest and northeast of the island needed to leave immediately as the volcano pumped out more smoke and steam.

"There is now in the country an evacuation order," he said in a message broadcast on social media.

St. Vincent's National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said on Twitter there was now a "substantial prospect of disaster" due to the pick-up in La Soufriere's seismic activity.


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Lava spews from new fissures at Fagradalsfjall volcano, hikers evacuated

Reykjanes Peninsula
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Steam and lava spurt from a new fissure on a volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland, Monday, April 5, 2021.
Steam and lava spurted Monday from a new fissure at an Icelandic volcano that began erupting last month, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of hikers who had come to see the spectacle.

The new fissure, first spotted by a sightseeing helicopter, was about 500 meters (550 yards) long and about a kilometer (around a half-mile) from the original eruption site in the Geldinga Valley.

The Icelandic Department of Emergency Management announced an immediate evacuation of the area.

It said there was no imminent danger to life due to the site's distance from popular hiking paths.

Comment: See also: 34,000 quakes in two weeks near Fagradalsfjall volcano, Iceland - 900% increase in activity compared with whole of 2020


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Pacaya volcano erupts, lava approaches residents in Guatemala

Pacaya volcano lava flow
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New eruptions at Pacaya volcano, Guatemala causes large amounts of lava to flow. April 2nd 2021.


Comment: Guatemala's Pacaya volcano continues erupting after 50 days


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Taal Volcano, Philippines records more earthquakes, gas emissions

Taal Volcano (taken October 26, 2020).
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Taal Volcano (taken October 26, 2020).
TAAL Volcano registered more earthquakes and emitted more gas over the past 24 hours, signs of a looming eruption, the state-run Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Wednesday.

Based on the Taal Volcano Network (TVN), 212 quakes, including 168 tremors with durations one to 20 minutes, and 44 low frequency volcanic earthquakes were recorded.

Some 1, 229 tons of sulfur dioxide were emitted by the volcano in Batangas province in the past 24 hours, according to Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum.

Solidum said with the volcano under Alert Level 2, an increased unrest may lead to an eruption and advised "all concerned to remain vigilant".

"The fact that we have volcanic tremors and prolonged background tremor recorded, higher than normal sulfur dioxide emission rate of 923 tons per day, slow but steady inflation of the volcano still indicates magmatic activity at shallow depth beneath the volcano," he said.

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Italy's Mount Etna spews lava lighting up night sky

Mount Etna eruption
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Mount Etna was seen spewing gigantic streams of red hot lava and plumes of smoke up in the night sky, Catania, Wednesday. The Sicilian peak which is 3,326 metres (around 10,912 feet) high, is considered to be one of the world's most active volcanoes.


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Guatemala's Pacaya volcano continues erupting after 50 days

Falling ash from the Pacaya volcano, Guatemala

Falling ash from the Pacaya volcano forced the closure of Guatemala's only international airport for almost 24 hours
The Pacaya volcano close to Guatemala's capital is maintaining "high levels" of activity with strong eruptions, ash clouds and rivers of lava spewing out, officials said on Friday.

The 2,500-meter (8,200-foot) volcano that lies 25 kilometers to the south of Guatemala City has been erupting for 50 days, damaging plantations in the path of the lava.

Pacaya is expelling ash up to 500 meters from its crater, located 2.5 kilometers southwest of the cone, the vulcanology institute said in a statement.

Falling ash was registered in the El Rodeo and El Patrocinio communities, the institute said, adding that "the volcanic activity is considered at high levels."

The activity has produced a lava flow 2.2 kilometers long on the west flank of the volcano.


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Indonesia's Merapi volcano spews ash, debris in new eruption

Lava flows down from the crater of Mount Merapi, March 27
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Lava flows down from the crater of Mount Merapi, March 27.
Indonesia's most volatile volcano was erupting again Saturday, releasing plumes of ash high into the air and sending streams of lava and debris down its slopes. No casualties were reported.

An avalanche of rocks spilled down Mount Merapi's slopes before dawn and clouds of hot ash shot 200 meters (656 feet) into the air as the mountain groaned and rumbled, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center.

The volcano unleashed hot clouds of ash at least eight times since the morning as well as a series of pyroclastic flows — a mixture of rock, debris, lava and gasses — that had reached nearly 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) down its slopes, Humaida said.

The 2,968-meter (9,737-foot) high volcano is on densely populated Java island near the ancient city of Yogyakarta. It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes and has repeatedly erupted recently.