This world that we live in can be a wild and unpredictable one at times, particularly, it seems, in the last 14 months or so.
We truly are experiencing a strange confluence of calamity as of late, with a pandemic smothering us while murder hornets, asteroids, UFO’s, and other assorted oddities pepper their own chaos into the stew.
The latest rare disaster to arrive on planet earth this week comes to us from a Caribbean paradise, where an explosive volcanic eruption has sent tourists and locals alike scrambling for safety.
Emergency management officials said the ash column rose about 20,000 feet (6 kilometers) high and that the ash was headed east into the Atlantic Ocean.
However, heavy ashfall also was reported in communities around the volcano, said Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies Seismic Center.
“More explosions could occur,” she said in a phone interview, adding that it was impossible to predict whether they might be bigger or smaller than the first one.
There have been no casualties reported as of this writing, and dramatic images from the event have been astonishing social media users.
BREAKING: Volcano erupts on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent; evacuations underway pic.twitter.com/Epe2oAG4fM
— BNO News (@BNONews) April 9, 2021
A volcano erupted "explosively" on St. Vincent, forcing over 16,000 people to evacuate parts of the island.
The volcano was dormant for decades. Disaster officials say it is unclear how long the eruption will last, and evacuees "might not be able to get back home for years." pic.twitter.com/TZVKecUjWD
— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 9, 2021
#LaSoufrière, a volcano on the island of St. Vincent, has just erupted. 🌋
The volcanic ash plume is visible on GOES-16 imagery. pic.twitter.com/yNW9E0uuJU
— Aidan Mahoney (@wxaidan) April 9, 2021
— St. Vincent & the Grenadines 🇻🇨 (@StvincentGren) April 9, 2021
The last major eruption of La Soufriere occurred almost 42 years ago to the day as this current event.
Become an insider!
Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.