A sequence of volcanic eruptions has blanketed components of the Caribbean island of St Vincent in ash and smoke.

Locals reported “extraordinarily heavy ash fall and sulphur smells” and thousands of people were forced from their homes.

La Soufrière, which had been dormant for many years, began exhibiting volcanic exercise in December, however that elevated this week.

The primary signal that an eruption was imminent got here on Thursday night, when a lava dome turned seen on La Soufrière.

Simply earlier than 09:00 on Friday (13:00 GMT), seismologists from the College of the West Indies confirmed that an “explosive eruption” was underneath means.

Evacuees have been taken to cruise ships and safer components of the island.

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