Since January, the inhabitants of the Caribbean island of St. Vincent have known that something could happen.
On Thursday came the message they all fear: an imminent volcanic eruption.
Half a day later It’s literally narrow from La Soufriere Volcano.
I had to evacuate
The Norwegian Stine Herberg, who is from Rjukan, is one of around 16,000 residents who had to flee the areas around the volcano. She describes the past 24 hours as very exciting.
Dagbladet calls her shortly after she arrives in Bukament City – and the security. Then, after 18 hours of commuting, I finally got some food.
– It went off again about 15 minutes ago. I’m sitting here a little buzzing now. I look at pictures of what happened. It’s completely unrealistic, she says up front, before she begins talking in more detail about the unreal day you left with thousands of others.
So far no casualties have been reported regarding the volcanic eruption today, but late Friday night Norwegian time. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsvallis came with another appeal For Red Sons Residents:
“Please leave if you are in the Red Zones – for your health and life.”
In the “red” zone
Saint Vincent Island is located on the island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It is located in the eastern Caribbean, northern Venezuela, western Barbados, and southern Guadeloupe.
The island nation has a population of about 110,000, and about 16,000 of them live in what became the red zone on Thursday afternoon local time.
Norske Herberg runs the Richmond Vale Academy Folk High School on the northwest side of the island, at the foot of La Soufriere volcano. Here, Herberg and her staff teach sustainable development, organic agriculture, and marine conservation.
Adjacent to the school, they have a 30-acre organic farm that has cattle and horses.
On a Thursday afternoon local time, residents of Saint Vincent who live near the volcano were asked to leave.
When the evacuation order came, we had to figure out how to evacuate the horses, who were not accustomed to anything but green grass, in disarray, Herberg says.
The students were sent home in January.
– Then it started knocking at the volcano, and we were told something could happen, she continued.
Nobody knows what, but then there was more activity. On Thursday, the alarm went off.
– Very afraid
At 08.41 local time on Friday the volcano narrowed. In the photos from the scene, you see a huge cloud of smoke and ash rising from the volcano. A cloud of ash and smoke was said to have risen 6,000 meters into the air, according to local emergency services.
When he was tight, she, the staff and the horses had moved away from Richmond Valley.
– When it exploded, there were bags, families, ambulances, cars, buses, fluted – all at once on the road. You think you’re in a movie, it’s shaking and you think it’s war. A big bomb has exploded. There are such great powers of nature, Herberg says.
– What do you think when criticized?
– I was so scared, even though we had come a long way. We were kinda safe, but it was nerve-wracking.
He had to go
When the evacuation order was issued Thursday afternoon, Herberg’s focus was on keeping staff and horses safe and away from Folk High School.
The first piece they had to leave.
For the first half hour we had to go with the horses, then it was completely dark. Then we came to a small village, and it was very messy even though people did everything we could to stay calm.
Then four and a half hours passed with more walking for Herberg and the horses.
– Then we got around halfway there and had to stop for a few hours before getting in the car. She says we had to put some horses in a hydroelectric plant.
– Many are lining up
She is now in Buccament – in safety. The city is in a valley, so you no longer see the volcano, but rather traces of it.
– We see there’s a lot of ash. When we got off the cliff, Herberg says, it was like snowing on the road, and it was just ashes.
During Dagbladet’s interview with Herberg, something unexpected happened.
– Now lash out again. Now I hear it.
Local Media News 784 The new blast is described as “massive,” but it should not be the size of the first explosion.
Praises the authorities
Despite the partial chaos that she and many others have been through with her over the past 24 hours, she cannot praise the authorities in the small island nation enough.
It’s important to note that this is a very small country with very few resources, and I think they put in an amazing effort to take care of the population, she says.
“Neighbors” are also lined up.
– The neighboring islands provided a lot of resources. Cruise ships were dispatched from Barbados, taking hundreds of people off the island. There are many who show up with the little money they have.
It could last for months
Now the islanders, who hail from the “red” regions, have to settle for an uncertain future.
Scientists do not know how long the volcanic eruption will last.
This could go on for days, weeks, or even months, says Eruschila Joseph, director of the Seismological Center at the University of the West Indies, for Washington Post.
The last eruption occurred in 1979. The largest volcanic eruption occurred in 1902, killing about 1,600 people.