St Vincent volcano: New ‘explosive event’ causes power cuts

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The La Soufriere volcano on the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines has had a new “explosive event”.

The volcano erupted on Friday, shaking the ground and blanketing the island in a layer of fine volcanic rock after decades of inactivity, prompting an evacuation of residents nearby.

On Saturday, eruptions and rumbling emanating from La Soufriere continued as Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves ordered the evacuation of residents close to the activity.

The country’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) noted “another explosive event” early on Sunday morning with the “majority of the country out of power and covered in ash”.

Al Jazeera's Alexi O'Brien reports.

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