A thick layer of ash covered parts of St. Vincent after the Caribbean island’s only active volcano erupted after decades of inactivity. Power and water outages have been reported across the island.
Residents of St. Vincent faced another turbulent day on Sunday, as thick ash damaged property and the La Soufriere volcano rumbled for the third straight day. The Caribbean island also saw reports of widespread power failures and water outages early in the day.
A thick layer of ash covered large parts of St. Vincent after the island’s only active volcano erupted after decades of inactivity. There have been no reports of casualties so far.
Early Sunday, St. Vincent’s National Emergency Management Organization said there was a huge power failure after “another explosive event.” The power was restored by midday, according to residents.
“Explosions and accompanying ashfall, of similar or larger magnitude, are likely to continue to occur over the next few days,” the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center warned.
A highly volcanic region
Around 16,000 people have fled their homes, many seeking refuge at government-run shelters. Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of the 32 islands that constitute St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said water supplies were affected in many parts of the islands. The country’s air space was closed due to the ash.
Gonsalves also urged people to remain calm and attempt to protect themselves against the coronavirus.