La Soufrière volcano eruption rocks island of St. Vincent

On Friday afternoon, an explosive eruption rocked the area surrounding the La Soufrière volcano on the island of St. Vincent. 

This comes days before the 42nd anniversary of the last eruption. 

The government ordered thousands to evacuate their homes, but officials worry the pandemic could impact efforts. 

According to the Associated Press, the ash column rose more than 20,000 feet high. 

Heavy ashfall was reported in nearby communities causing poor visibility and flights to and from the island had to be canceled. 

 Barbados, St. Lucia and Grenada were also impacted by ash. 

There have been no reports of casualties from the eruption. 

Erouscilla Joseph, the director of the University of the West Indies Seismic Center, said more explosions could happen and they cannot predict if they will be larger or smaller. 

The center reported a second plume of ash after another explosion. 

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