Saint Vincent’s largest volcano, La Soufriere, exploded for a second time on April 11. This has left the Caribbean’s largest island nation covered in ash.
La Soufriere had been dormant for decades. It hadn’t rumbled, spewed lava or emitted any ash plumes since 1979. However, all of that changed in December 2020 when it suddenly woke up again.
By Friday, April 9, the first explosive eruption was underway. It shot a column of ash 10 kilometres into the sky with lightning and thunder crackling through the blackened skies.