The La Soufriere volcano erupted Friday morning on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, then again in the afternoon, sending columns of ash more than 20,000 feet into the air.
The eruptions followed mandatory evacuation orders from the government. Roughly 16,000 people live in the “red zone” near the volcano and required evacuation, according to Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Center.
“More explosions could occur,” she said Friday morning, adding that it was impossible to predict whether any potential upcoming explosions would be bigger or smaller than the first one.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An explosive eruption rocked La Soufriere volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Friday after the government ordered thousands to evacuate their homes nearby.
Experts said the first explosion shot an ash column 32,000 feet (10 kilometers) into the sky and that the majority of the ash was headed northeast into the Atlantic Ocean. Lightning crackled through the towering column of smoke and ash late Friday.
Heavy ashfall was reported in communities around the volcano and beyond, with authorities saying some evacuations were limited by poor visibility.
Several flights also were canceled and islands including Barbados, St. Lucia and Grenada prepared for light ashfall as the 4,003-foot (1,220-meter) volcano continued to rumble. Authorities reported two other explosions later Friday as the island braced for possible additional activity.
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