St Vincent volcano eruption: Thousands flee as Caribbean volcano belches smoke and ash

However, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves warned people would need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to take the ferries.

He said: “This is an emergency situation, and everybody understands that.”

The nearby islands of St Lucia, Grenada, Antigua and Barbados have all extended a helping hand and have offered to take on the evacuees.

The eruption was also seen from space in satellite imagery shared on Twitter by WCNC Charlotte meteorologist Brad Panovich shows the eruption from space.

You can see the plume of ash and smoke extending from the island and over the sea towards the North Atlantic Ocean.

The meteorologist tweeted: “Volcanic eruption of #LaSoufrière #volcano going on right now on #StVincent in the Caribbean.”

La Soufriere is an active volcano on the island of St Vincent in the Caribbean Windward Islands.

The stratovolcano’s summit marks the highest point on the island at more than 4,000ft (1,234m).

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