Ash rains down after St Vincent volcano erupts

Ash rains down after St Vincent volcano erupts
Source: BBC
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Daily US Times: St Vincent, a Caribbean island, has been blanketed in a layer of ash, causing major disruption after a volcano erupted on Friday.

White-colored dust has covered roads and buildings around the island, including in its capital Kingstown.

The La Soufrière volcano was still rumbling and emitting ash thousands of metres into the air on Saturday. The prime minister has urged people to stay calm.

The La Soufrière volcano was dormant for decades but started to become active in December.

The water supply to most of the island, which has a population of around 110,000, has been cut off and thousands of people have been forced out of their homes.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that about 3,000 people spent Friday night in emergency shelters and some 16,000 were evacuated from ash-covered or vulnerable areas.

He said it was not clear how much more ash the volcano would release. Some scientists have indicated and warned that eruptions could continue for days or even weeks.

People across the island woke on Saturday to find their homes covered in the white-colored volcanic dust.

One witness in the town of Rabaka told Reuters that the ground was covered with about 12 inches of ash and rock fragments.

It prompted warnings from officials to stay indoors, while emergency groups advised caution for the people who are suffering with respiratory problems.

The island’s main emergency management group said: “Be careful all. We are covered in ash and strong sulphur scents pervade the air. We ask that you take the necessary precautions to remain safe and healthy.”

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