La Soufriere volcano: Ash coats St. Vincent as residents brace for more eruptions

La Soufriere volcano: Ash coats St. Vincent as residents brace for more eruptions

St. Vincent’s La Soufriere volcano has been erupting for close to a week, but the cleanup and struggles for evacuees will likely persist for months.

Streets on the tiny Caribbean island looked like they were blanketed in cement, as rain mixed with the hot ash emitted from the volcano. The resulting mixture has destroyed crops, contaminated water, killed animals and devastated infrastructure, also rendering some roads impassable and complicating search and rescue efforts.

La Soufriere erupted back into life last Friday after decades of inactivity, pumping dark clouds of ash some 10 km into the air and prompting an evacuation by sea and land of thousands of nearby residents.

Global’s Ross Hull speaks with volcanologist Paul Ashwell about the significant impacts for residents of St. Vincent.

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