La Soufriere Update: Nearly 7,000 in public and private shelters

By Demion McTair. Updated 11:43 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent: Some 6,992 people who have been displaced due to the explosive eruption of the La Soufriere volcano are in public and private shelters across the country.

According to a bulletin issued on Wednesday by the National Emergency Management Organization – NEMO, 4,117 people are in a total of 89 shelters, while 2,875 people are being housed in private shelters.

The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines issued an evacuation order on April 8, 2021, for people living in the Red Zone – communities closest to the volcano, as the situation at the La Soufriere volcano started to deteriorate.

The volcano started erupting effusively on December 27, 2020. Swarms of low-frequency seismic events and volcano-tectonic (VT) quakes were recorded in March and early April of 2021.

The volcano erupted explosively on April 9, 2021.

Scientists say the eruptions can continue for weeks and months.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said Wednesday that over 120 people were rescued from the Red Zone over the last few days. These are people who did not follow the evacuation order and initially decided not to leave.

It is still believed that people are in the area, and the government continues to appeal to people to leave the dangerous area.

Video evidence emerged on Wednesday showing extensive damage to roads in the Red Zone due to heavy mudflows. Several house roofs caved in due to the weight of the ash.

The occurrences of pyroclastic density currents, known as pyroclastic flows on the flanks of the volcano also make the Red Zone more dangerous.

Here is the full report:


  1. Seismic activity at La Soufrière Volcano continued to follow the pattern established yesterday April 13, with bands of tremor about 14 hours apart separated by swarms of small, long-period earthquakes.
  2. The latest band of tremor occurred at about 11:35 AM and as before, was associated with an episode of explosive activity. The explosions produced were gas rich and did not rise as energetically as previous explosions.
  3. No pyroclastic density currents were produced.
  4. The volcano continues to erupt explosively and has now begun to generate pyroclastic density currents. Its current pattern of explosions appears to be episodic with increasing intervals and less energy.
  5. Explosions and accompanying ashfall, of similar or larger magnitude, are likely to continue to occur over the next few days.
  6. Alert level remains RED.
  7. Eighty-nine shelters with 4,117 occupants are now activated.
  8. Some two thousand eight hundred and seventy-five persons (2875) are being housed in private shelter.
  9. The National Emergency Operations Center continues to be fully functional operating on a twenty-four hour, around the clock basis.
  10. NEMO will continue to provide regular updates on activities at the Volcano as they occur.
The cover photo was taken from the page, Luke Browne. The watermark on the photo was left intact.

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