SVG Prime Minister orders evacuation

by: - April 8, 2021
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iWitness News – Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, on Thursday evening, ordered that all persons evacuate from the Red Zone, as La Soufriere could erupt explosively, without further warning, within the next 24 to 48 hours.

Gonsalves noted the stage 3 alert issued earlier in the day amidst tremors at the volcano, which began at 3 a.m.

The prime minister said that he was in a national disaster management council meeting Thursday afternoon when he got word from geologist Professor Richard Robertson — the lead scientist managing the volcano — that things had deteriorated.

Speaking at an emergency press briefing, the second for the day, Robertson explained that the tremors meant that the volcano has been shaking throughout the day.

He said that there had been six periods of tremors, interspersed by about two-hour breaks.

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