SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Authorities on the eastern Caribbean island of St Vincent said Thursday they believe an active volcano is in danger of erupting and have ordered mandatory evacuations

The island’s emergency management office put the red alert when officials were ready to evacuate people living near La Soufriere volcano and put them on board cruise ships, send them to nearby islands, or take them to other accommodations in St Vincent, who are out of the danger zone

About 16000 people live in the red zone and must be evacuated, Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies seismic research center, told The Associated Press

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said in a press conference that people need to be vaccinated if they board a cruise ship or temporarily seek refuge on another island.He said two Royal Caribbean cruise ships are expected to be on Friday and a third in the coming Days will arrive, as well as two Carnival cruise ships on Friday. Among the islands that have announced it will accept evacuees is St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua

“Not everything will be perfect, but if we all work together we’re going to get through this stronger than ever, “said Gonsalves

He noted that he was speaking to Caribbean governments to accept IDs from people who do not have a passport

Gonsalves added that he was the ones looking for a shelter in St Vincent and the Grenadines, a chain of islands with more than 100000 people will be vaccinated

Emergency management teams have been driving to red-zone communities and making transports to safer locations, including pre-arranged shelters, according to Joseph

“You know who has no transportation because all of this was advertised beforehand,” she said, adding that those who board the cruise ship would not be moved to another location but were not set up there for you Period would stay

Government officials tweeted that the volcano’s dome in the northern region of the island could glow at nightfall The warning issued on Wednesday follows days of seismic activity around La Soufriere

Scientists alerted the government of a possible eruption after detecting some sort of seismic activity at 3 a.m. Thursday, indicating that “magma was traveling near the surface,” said Joseph

“Things are escalating pretty quickly,” she said of the volcanic activity, adding that it was impossible to give an accurate forecast of what could happen in the next few hours or days

A team from the seismic center arrived in St. Vincent at the end of December, after the volcano had an exuberant eruption. Among other things, they analyzed the formation of a new volcanic dome, changes in the crater lake, seismic activity and gas emissions

The volcano last erupted in 1979, and in an earlier eruption in 1902, around 1600 people killed

The Eastern Caribbean has other active volcanoes 17 of the region’s 19 living volcanoes are on 11 islands, with the remaining two underwater near Grenada Island, including one called Kick’em Jenny, which has been released in recent years was active

The region’s most active volcano in recent years was Soufriere Hills in Montserrat, which has erupted continuously since 1995, devastating the capital Plymouth and killing at least 19 people in 1997

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