Volcano

12
Apr
6:34 UTC

Americas Tactical (UPDATE): Soufriere volcanic activity to continue prompting disruptions, airport closures throughout region in coming days, as of April 12; remain cognizant of updates

Please be advised

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  • The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre has estimated that explosions and accompanying ashfall, of similar or larger magnitude, are likely to continue prompting disruptions in the islands of Barbados and St. Vincent & the Grenadines over the coming days, following the eruption of La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent & the Grenadines on April 9.
  • On April 11, Saint Vincent’s National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) reported a large-scale power outage after “another explosive event” at the volcano. Furthermore, the large emission triggered water outages in some areas, while some houses on the island reportedly collapsed due to the weight of the ash. Local authorities reported that approximately 3,200 people took refuge at 78 government-run shelters, and four empty cruise ships evacuated residents to nearby islands, with a group of more than 130 already taken to the island of St. Lucia. Finance Minister Camillo Gonsalves said the government believes about 20,000 people will be internally displaced for about three to four months.
  • Authorities have announced that Argyle International Airport (SVD) in St. Vincent & the Grenadines will remain closed on April 12.  
  • In Barbados, authorities have extended the closure of Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) through at least April 14. Approximately 70 flights have been canceled as of writing. Furthermore, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has announced that retail businesses will remain closed, while public transportation will be reduced on April 12.
  • Regional authorities have advised citizens to stay indoors and off the road due to continued large emissions.

Recommendations

  1. Those operating or residing in the Caribbean region on April 12 and in the coming days are advised to remain cognizant of local authorities’ updates regarding eruption-related risks and further evacuations.
  2. Any individuals still in the vicinity of La Soufriere volcano are advised to adhere to all evacuation procedures and travel to safety zones. 
  3. Those intending to fly to Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) or Argyle International Airport (SVD), as well as on any of the abovementioned routes, are advised to reconfirm itineraries with the airlines in light of the aforementioned route suspensions and air closure.
  4. Monitor air quality conditions, limit outdoor activities, and remain cognizant of any travel warnings in the area, due to the eruption. Cover your nose and mouth with a mask or clean cloth while outside. 
AFFECTED AREA Caribbean Region, Americas
INCIDENT RISK LEVEL Medium
STRENGTH OF SOURCE Confirmed

Please be advised

Click here to view the previous report

  • The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre has estimated that explosions and accompanying ashfall, of similar or larger magnitude, are likely to continue prompting disruptions in the islands of Barbados and St. Vincent & the Grenadines over the coming days, following the eruption of La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent & the Grenadines on April 9.
  • On April 11, Saint Vincent’s National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) reported a large-scale power outage after “another explosive event” at the volcano. Furthermore, the large emission triggered water outages in some areas, while some houses on the island reportedly collapsed due to the weight of the ash. Local authorities reported that approximately 3,200 people took refuge at 78 government-run shelters, and four empty cruise ships evacuated residents to nearby islands, with a group of more than 130 already taken to the island of St. Lucia. Finance Minister Camillo Gonsalves said the government believes about 20,000 people will be internally displaced for about three to four months.
  • Authorities have announced that Argyle International Airport (SVD) in St. Vincent & the Grenadines will remain closed on April 12.  
  • In Barbados, authorities have extended the closure of Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) through at least April 14. Approximately 70 flights have been canceled as of writing. Furthermore, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has announced that retail businesses will remain closed, while public transportation will be reduced on April 12.
  • Regional authorities have advised citizens to stay indoors and off the road due to continued large emissions.

Recommendations

  1. Those operating or residing in the Caribbean region on April 12 and in the coming days are advised to remain cognizant of local authorities’ updates regarding eruption-related risks and further evacuations.
  2. Any individuals still in the vicinity of La Soufriere volcano are advised to adhere to all evacuation procedures and travel to safety zones. 
  3. Those intending to fly to Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) or Argyle International Airport (SVD), as well as on any of the abovementioned routes, are advised to reconfirm itineraries with the airlines in light of the aforementioned route suspensions and air closure.
  4. Monitor air quality conditions, limit outdoor activities, and remain cognizant of any travel warnings in the area, due to the eruption. Cover your nose and mouth with a mask or clean cloth while outside. 
AFFECTED AREA Caribbean Region, Americas
INCIDENT RISK LEVEL Medium
STRENGTH OF SOURCE Confirmed