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'Dangerous' Volcanic Debris Flows Along Riverbed Amid La Soufriere Eruptions

Volcanic material considered to be “extremely dangerous” flowed along a riverbed in St Vincent on Monday, April 12, amid eruption activity of the island’s La Soufriere volcano, officials said. Footage shot by Hayden Billingy shows the mixture of debris, pyroclastic material, mud and water – or “lahar” as it’s known – flowing along the Rabacca Dry River in Georgetown. The National Emergency Management Organisation of St Vincent and the Grenadines urged residents not to gather near the river to view the pyroclastic flows. The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre said the Rabacca River serves as an “important drainage channel sweeping down from the volcano.” The UN has warned a humanitarian crisis in the region around St Vincent and the Grenadines could last several months due to the eruptions. Credit: Hayden Billingy via Storyful
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