The La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent began erupting on the morning of April 9, following a day os seismic activity that prompted widespread evacuations.
The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre said the “explosive eruption” was a “culmination of the seismic activity that began on April 8.”
The St Vincent and Grenadines government said the eruption produced a plume of ash 20,000 feet high, which was moving east.
This footage, taken in Barrouallie, a town about 9 miles (14 km) southwest of the volcano, shows the ash column growing in height. Credit: Edson J Reece via Storyful