La Soufrière Update #53 – Volcano Erupts Explosively, Red Zone Needs To Evacuate Now!

Present La Soufrière Alert Level:ORANGEThere is a highly elevated level of seismic and/or fumarolic activity or other unusual activity. An eruption may begin with less than twenty-four hours’ notice.

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), in their 53rd update at 9:00 AM, advised that scientists at the Belmont Observatory confirmed that there was an explosive eruption at the La Soufriere Volcano at 8.40 this morning.

La Soufrière Volcano is producing ash plumes of up to 8 kilometers as of 9:00 AM, but based on satellite imagery, the ash plume now extends above 10 kilometers and drifting to the northeast into the Atlantic Ocean.

Ash fall has been recorded at the Argyle International Airport. All persons in the red volcano hazard zone are asked to evacuate immediately.

The National Emergency Operating Center (NEOC) has been fully activated and is operating around the clock. NEMO will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

Official information will originate from St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Emergency Management Organization and the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center.

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