La Soufriere eruption: Authorities investigate steaming river

By Demion McTair. Updated 10:27 p.m., Sunday, April 11, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent: The National Emergency Management Organization – NEMO says an investigation has been launched into steaming in the upper parts of the Rabacca Valley.

The steaming was observed at about midday on Sunday.

In a 9:00 p.m. bulletin issued on Sunday, NEMO said the cause of the phenomenon is currently being investigated.

Reports emerged today that the Rabacca Dry River on the northeastern side of St. Vincent was steaming.

The event is one in a series of events since the La Soufriere volcano started erupting explosively on April 9, 2021.

Other events include the raining of stones associated with ashfall and reported pyroclastic near the volcano.

Lead Scientist monitoring the La Soufriere volcano, Professor Richard Robertson said that the current eruption at La Soufriere is shaping up to look like the events of the volcano’s deadly 1902 eruption which was characterized by deadly pyroclastic flows.

According to UNESCO, over 1,500 people died in the aftermath of the eruption. The event happened hours before the eruption of Mount Pelee in Martinique which killed over 1,600 people.

Local sources say most of the victims of the 1902 eruption were Kalinago people living in
Wallibou Estate, a thriving commercial hub at the time.

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