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St. Vincent & Grenadines: Volcano erupts for a second time on Caribbean island of St. Vincent

The La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted for a second time Friday, according to the country’s National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO.

The second explosive eruption was smaller than the first one, which occurred earlier on Friday, according to NEMO’s Twitter account.

“Another explosion observed. The vertical ash column estimated to have gone approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) into the atmosphere. We continue to monitor and update,” the UWI Seismic Research Centre, which is working with local authorities, said on its official Facebook page.

Dora James, director-general of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross, said the second eruption was ongoing.

“It’s over an hour now,” she told CNN by phone from nearby. “Ash is going into the air.”

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