Ash could fall in the south/west as La Soufriere erupts again

By Demion McTair. Updated 5:41 p.m., Sunday, April 18, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

There was an explosive eruption at the La Soufrière at approximately 4:49 p.m. today, (April 18), the National Emergency Management Organization – NEMO confirmed .

NEMO says “Ash clouds are moving towards the south and west of the island”.

A Google map of mainland St. Vincent.

The Alert level remains RED.

There have now been nine reported eruptions of the La Soufriere volcano since explosive eruptions began on April 9, 2021.

Before April 9, the volcano was erupting effusively since December 27, 2020*.

LIST OF REPORTED ERUPTIONS

Here are the eight (8) reported explosive eruptions so far of the current 2021 eruption cycle of the La Soufriere volcano:

First explosive eruption: Friday, April 9, 2021, at 8:41 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time (AST). Source: UWISRC.

Second explosive eruption: Friday, April 9, 2021, at 2:45 p.m., AST. Source: UWISRC.

Third Explosive eruption: Friday, April 9, 2021, at 6:35 p.m., AST. Source: UWISRC.

Fourth explosive eruption: Monday, April, 12, 2021, at 4:15 a.m., AST. Source: UWISRC.

Fifth explosive eruption: Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 6:30 a.m., AST. Source: UWISRC.

Sixth explosive eruption: Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 11:00 p.m., AST. Source: UWISRC.

Seventh explosive eruption: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, reported at 11:19 a.m., by NEMO.

Eight explosive eruption: Friday, April 16, 2021, at 6:15 a.m., AST. Source: UWISRC.

Experts have hypothesized that the volcano might be losing strength as the most recent eruptions have not been as energetic as the earlier ones which began on April 9.

They have cautioned, however, that the volcano is unpredictable and could still produce dangerous explosive activities.

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