St. Vincent & Grenadines: Volcano erupts — again; PM pleads with ‘stragglers’ to leave danger zone

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, (CMC/iWN) — La Soufriere volcano erupted shortly before noon on Wednesday (local/Atlantic Standard time), hours after authorities urged persons defying evacuation order were, to leave the Red Zone. 

The eruption, for a sixth day in a row, came hours after Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made an impassioned plea for persons to leave the red zone area as the volcano continues to erupt generating possibly pyroclastic density currents (PCDs).

Gonsalves, speaking on the state-owned NBC Radio said that there were still people residing in the area within the volcano who were still refusing to leave even as the authorities have sent the Coast Guard vessels and vehicles to get them out.

“Persons who have left elderly ones or persons who for one reason or the other do not want to come out the window is narrowing sharply and given the pyroclastic flows, for Heaven’s sake leave.


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