KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — La Soufriereon Friday as a cruise ship arrived to evacuate some of the foreigners stuck on a St. Vincent island coated in . The explosions that began on April 9 forced some 20,000 to flee the northern end of the eastern Caribbean island for shelters and contaminated across the island. explosion compared to the ones that we had last weekend, but it was big enough to punch a hole through the clouds,” said Richard Robertson, lead scientist at the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center, in an interview with local NBC radio. “Probably got up to 8,000 meters (26,000 feet).”
During a comparable eruption cycle in 1902, explosive eruptions shook the island for months after an initial burst. However, the new eruptions so far have caused no reported deaths among a population that had received an a day earlier that danger was imminent. Meanwhile, British, U.S., and Canadian nationals were being evacuated aboard . Vincent and the Grenadines. The ship was due to arrive Saturday in Dutch Sint Maarten.
Dozens of foreigners toting luggage descended from tour buses and cars at the port terminal in Kingstown and patiently waited in a line that began in the parking lot and reached deep into the airport.from the Trinity School of Medicine and stranded tourists, including families with young children in arms. “As of right now, we are being evacuated for our safety and to as possible,” said Leah Ransai, a Canadian student at Trinity. “Between the school, the government, and the embassies of the U.S. and Canada, we’re being evacuated now.”
The U.S. Embassy said those aboard would have to make their travel arrangements home.
It also noted in an official statement that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had recommended against travel on cruise ships because of the chance of getting COVID-19. It said people who had been in close contact with suspected COVID-19 cases were barred from the trip. All aboard were supposed to have a negativetaken within 24 hours of boarding. Meanwhile, thousands of locals have been stuck n emergency shelters with no idea when they might be able to . Levi Lewis, 58, a retired public servant from Fancy, said the eruption had left him trying to get by with practically nothing. “Plus water is an issue, so I’m trying to conserve it still. I just reusing clothing ’cause i didn’t walk with much,” he said. “I want to go back home or to whatever is left of it,” he added.
A few people, however, never left,
Raydon May, a bus conductor in his late 20s who stayed in Sandy Bay throughout the eruptions, said he had always planned to stay if theand was trying to protect properties in the community while making occasional trips outside the evacuation zone to pick up water and supplies.
He said so much ash had fallen that the roofs of houses collapsed under the weight.
One roof might get on like three truckloads of sand,” he said. “We are trying to help … but we can’t help everybody.