The intense volcanic eruption caused the evacuations of thousands of residents of that part of the Antilles, and the island of Saint Vincent was covered with ashes the day after.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves (Ralph Gonsalves) said in a speech on the local radio station NBC that more than 3,200 people have taken refuge in the reception centers of schools and churches.
He added: “We still have a lot of work to do,” he described the many challenges brought about by the Sufre volcano eruption: thick ashes, water supply interruption, airspace closure, air pollution, risk of being looted in evacuated areas.
He said to his compatriots: “If we want to succeed, we only need patience.” He called for respect for order and discipline.
The first eruption occurred on Friday morning, after which a plume of smoke rose 8 kilometers into the air, followed by a weaker smoke. According to the Earthquake Research Center of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, it may take days or weeks to discharge the ash.
Since 1979, Soufler volcano has not erupted. The largest and most destructive eruption was in 1902, when more than 1,000 people were killed.
The local emergency agency tweeted on Saturday: “A lot of ashes are falling, and a strong smell of sulfur is reaching the capital of Kingston in the southern part of the island.” He urged residents with respiratory diseases not to go out.
On Thursday, the authorities issued an emergency evacuation order to evacuate from the most exposed “red” area in the northern part of the island. Due to the danger of an impending eruption, about 20,000 of the 100,000 inhabitants of the former British colony live.