More than 16,000 people in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have been evacuated to safety but now unpredictable volcanic mudflows pose a major threat to food and water supply.
The first of these mudflows occurred on Tuesday, but heavy rainfall could make them much worse. With crops destroyed and water contaminated, food supply and ash removal are top priorities.
Here are 10 videos that shows the path of destruction
Drone Footage Shows Saint Vincent and Grenadines’ La Soufrière Path of Destruction
The UN is calling for $29 million in funding to aid the thousands living in shelters across the island.
1. Counting The Cost of the Volcanic Eruption
The country’s Finance Minister Camillo Michael Gonsalves said that the entire economy of St Vincent and the Grenadines will feel the effects of the volcanic eruption. He stated that the country’s recovery could cost half the nation’s GDP.
The Economy of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Agricultural production is the backbone of Saint Vincent’s economy. The country is the world’s leading producer of arrowroot and grows other exotic fruit, vegetables, and root crops.
Banana production alone accounts for nearly 60 percent of the island nation’s exports.
2. Hiking La Soufriere Volcano While Active
Known as Lava Man in St Vincent for hiking to the La Soufriere volcano while its active, Desron Rodriquez has no fear of the erupting volcano either.
Here are video and pics of him hiking to the top of the summit yesterday morning. The mountain erupted explosively yesterday afternoon around 5:15 pm but he got lucky and got back down in time.
Update on Hiker
The police in St. Vincent have taken into custody a local man who climbed the erupting volcano on Sunday and uploaded his day-long experience online. The man captured the attention of people on Youtube by documenting the eruption using a GoPro camera and posting it online.
3. Volcanic Ash Turns to ‘Concrete’ in this small town in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Heavy rains have turned volcanic ash almost into concrete in Georgetown, the capital of northeastern St. Vincent. The area is located in the danger zone, but some residents are trying to prevent their roofs from collapsing under the weight of the ash.
About Volcanic Ash
Volcanic ash is a mixture of rock, mineral, and glass particles released during a volcanic eruption. The particles are tiny. They are less than 2 millimeters in diameter. These particles can travel far away on the wind. When an ash cloud is moved about by the wind, this is known as an ash plume.
4. Farmer concerned about parrot after the volcanic eruption
Farmer Grant Connell, who is also a lawyer, has expressed concern about the endemic St. Vincent and the Grenadines Parrot (amazona guildingii) after the eruption of La Soufriere volcano on April 9, 2021.
The Saint Vincent amazon (Amazona guildingii) also known as Saint Vincent parrot, is a large, blue and green bird of the amazon parrot family.
5. La Soufriere Volcano Periodic Eruptions Seen from Space
The active volcano on the island of St. Vincent could continue erupting for weeks. The GOES-East satellite captured footage of the volcano erupting on April 11, 2021.
How Does A Volcano Erupt?
Deep within the Earth it is so hot that some rocks slowly melt and become a thick flowing substance called magma. Some of the magma rises to the surface as lava, which is a type of molten rock that is lighter than the surrounding rock.
Volcanic eruptions can be easy or difficult to predict. The explosiveness of an eruption depends on the composition of the magma, but not all eruptions are explosive.
About Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a sovereign island nation located in the Caribbean Sea, east of Trinidad and Tobago and north of Venezuela. It has one active volcanic mountain range called the Soufriere Hills, and is made up of St. Vincent (the largest island) and a group of 32 smaller islands and cays, known as the Grenadines.