Cruise Lines have started to respond and help the Caribbean island of St. Vincent as the government has issued an urgent evacuation due to an imminent volcanic eruption.
Carnival Cruise Line is one of the first cruise lines to offer help with evacuations and two vessels are already underway heading towards the island. Royal Caribbean has also sent a cruise ship and possibly Celebrity Cruises.
Cruise Ships Race to Help Caribbean Island
The cruise lines have confirmed that it has agreed to send two vessels to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, located in the southeast Caribbean. The government has issued an urgent evacuation after days of increased seismic activity at the La Soufriere Volcano.
Carnival Legend will arrive at around 2:00 PM also on Friday.
Each of the Carnival ships will accommodate up to 1,500 residents and they will then be transported to one of the nearby islands which are offering help. The cruise line has also stated that precautions will be in place to protect the health and safety of the crew members on board.
It has also been confirmed by NEMO in a tweet that a Royal Caribbean cruise ship is arriving tonight to help with evacuations. According to our Cruise Ship Tracker, Serenade of the Seas is currently near the island
The Volcano could erupt at any time and on Thursday, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves issued an evacuation order. And the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has tweeted that residents are being moved to safer locations. According to UWI Professor Richard Robertson, the situation at La Soufriere has deteriorated and signals show that the volcano could erupt shortly
With Carnival Cruise Line currently on hold due to suspended operations, there are ships that can help. The Carnival Paradise is expected to arrive at the island by 11:00 AM on Friday and the Carnival Legend will arrive at around 2:00 PM also on Friday.
Each of the Carnival ships will accommodate up to 1,500 residents and they will then be transported to one of the nearby islands which are offering help. The cruise line has also stated that precautions will be in place to protect the health and safety of the crew members on board. https://www.cruisehive.com/multiple-cruise-ships-head-for-st-vincent-with-imminent-volcano-eruption/49449
It has also been confirmed by NEMO in a tweet that a Royal Caribbean cruise ship is arriving tonight to help with evacuations. According to our
New swarm’ of volcano-tectonic earthquakes at La Soufrière Volcano in
Posted on April 8, 2021
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines warned on Monday that a “new swarm” of volcano-tectonic (VT) earthquakes which began at the La Soufrière Volcano at 6:38 am continued at “a fairly constant rate” before starting to decline at about 2:00 pm.
“Activities declined significantly at 4:00 pm although small volcano-tectonic earthquakes were still being recorded,” said NEMO. “The current swarm of volcano-tectonic earthquakes have been located at a depth about 6 km below the summit of the La Soufrière Volcano.”
It said this is slightly deeper than those recorded between March 23 and 25, 2021, which were located at depths from 3 to 5 km below the summit.
Earlier estimates of these swarms were revised from 10 km to 3 to 5 km, according to NEMO.
It said the largest volcano-tectonic earthquake was recorded at 2:16 pm on Monday, with a magnitude of 3.9.
There were nine more volcano-tectonic earthquakes in the swarm with magnitudes of 3.0 or more, NEMO said.
“Today’s swarm of Volcano-Tectonic earthquakes were also much more intense compared to those which occurred during the period March 23-25 and contained many more small earthquakes, with an average rate of about 50 earthquakes per hour compared with 1.5 per hour in March,” it said.
NEMO said there were several reports of earthquakes being felt on Monday in communities close to the La Soufrière Volcano, such as Fancy and the town of Chateaubelair.
NEMO reminded the public that no evacuation order or notice has been issued.
It is also encouraging residents, especially persons living in communities close to the volcano, to be prepared “in the event that it becomes necessary to evacuate at short notice.”
In a March 27 announcement, NEMO appealed to the public to “desist from visiting the La Soufrière Volcano, especially going into the crater, since doing so is extremely dangerous.”