By Demion McTair. Updated 5:50 p.m., Friday, April 9, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent: Reports and video evidence have emerged showing volcanic rock particles are raining down on Red Zone communities in the north of mainland St. Vincent.
The stones are “so big you can’t even go outside,” someone was heard saying in a video which showed the northeastern village of Owia.
The falling rock particles were also reported felt in the northeast community of Sandy Bay and in the northwestern town of Chateaubelair.
So far, no one has been reported injured but some are feared trapped in the Red Zone communities.
Volcanic debris associated with ash fall is an expected phenomenon when there is an explosive eruption of a volcano.
Persons in the Red Zone, communities on the flanks of the volcano were ordered by the government to evacuate on April 8.
The La Soufriere volcano erupted on April 9, 2021, at 8:41 a.m. and a larger explosion in the afternoon that sent an ash plume several kilometers in the air.
Two videos have been collated here; the first video is from Owia and the other from Sandy Bay in the northeast.