Another explosive eruption was recorded at the La Soufriere Volcano in St Vincent this morning.
Forty-two years to the day that it erupted in 1979, La Soufriere commemorated the devastating event with another explosive episode.
Around 6:30am on Tuesday, the volcano erupted and according to the National Emergency Management Organisation, it continued up until just before 8am.
In a bulletin issued before the eruption, NEMO said seismic activity at La Soufrière continued the pattern established yesterday, with short bands of continuous seismic tremor interspersed with long-period earthquakes.
“Following the latest band of tremor, at 1:30 am, the long-period earthquakes have steadily become more frequent. Audible venting was heard associated with some periods of tremor and long-period earthquake activity,” NEMO said in its 6am bulletin.
The volcano continues to erupt explosively and has now begun to generate pyroclastic density currents – hot (200°C-700°C), ground-hugging flows of ash and debris.
Explosions and accompanying ashfall, of similar or larger magnitude, are likely to continue to occur over the next few days impacting St Vincent and neighbouring islands.
The volcano remains at alert level Red.