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St. Vincent expects new eruptions of La Soufriere volcano

Kingstown, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The high possibility of new explosive eruptions of the La Soufrière volcano keeps the government and population of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and several neighboring countries in the Caribbean region on red alert on Sunday. The mountain, in the north of St. Vincent island, culminated two days ago a stage of four months of seismic activity and exploded throwing out a column of ash 10 kilometers of height.

According to the main scientist who monitors the phenomenon, Richard Robertson, new eruptions are not discarded, they may be larger than those occurred in 1979, the last one registered after the one in 1902 having caused over a thousand deaths.

He detailed that before past Friday’s event, the dome had a volume of 13 million cubic meters of magma that were thrown into the atmosphere.

The scientist warned of the volcanic ash’s dangers for the health of people, buildings and agriculture and recommended using facemasks to avoid inhalation, particularly for those suffering from respiratory diseases.


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