Eerie St. Vincent Volcano Eruption Videos Show Ash Covering Barbados

Plumes of volcanic ash have fallen like snow on the island of Barbados after the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano on nearby St. Vincent.

Residents of Barbados, over 120 miles from the explosive volcano on the Caribbean island, shared videos on social media showing darkening skies and thick chunks of ash raining down on roads and the landscape.

One video, uploaded by Twitter account Bajan Lifestyles, showed ash falling on Barbados' east coast on April 10. "Right now, it looks like night," the uploader was heard saying.

The La Soufrière volcano first erupted on Friday last week, with scientists warning that the eruptions may continue for several days to weeks. Around 16,000 residents living in a "red zone" were told to urgently evacuate their homes, the BBC reported.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said on Sunday the blast left St. Vincent and the Grenadines looking "like a battle zone." On Monday it said the volcano continued to "erupt explosively" and may do so for several days.

As the ash spread to neighboring islands and into the Atlantic Ocean by the wind, the NEMO agency warned: "Ash particles can be breathed into lungs. They can cause runny nose, sore throat, hacking cough, wheezing or shortness of breath."

In another video from Barbados, live-streamed by resident Roseann Haynes on April 11, ash could be seen blanketing surfaces and plants in the Waterford area of Bridgetown.

Blessing on this beautiful Sunday.Volcanic Ash from the volcano that erupted in St. Vincent.

Footage uploaded by Monica Douglas, taken on April 11, showed the ground covered in ash. The video was taken in Dover, near Oistins on the island's south coast.

The Barbados Meteorological Service (BMS) confirmed on Monday that a volcanic ash and small craft warning released on Sunday remained in effect for Barbados.

It said: "Imagery continues to show ash plumes traveling eastward toward Barbados in varying concentrations. Given the highly active nature of the La Soufrière volcano, it is likely that further eruptions will occur and depending on the intensity of the ash plume and wind direction, Barbados may continue to [have] reduced visibility."

Barbados residents were told ash would "cause a significant reduction in visibility and possible respiratory problems" for people who experience difficulty breathing.

On Sunday, NEMO warned roads on St. Vincent had become "treacherous" from the ashfall, after warning residents "strong sulphur scents" were also in the air.

It said "lightning, thunder and rumblings" were taking place alongside eruptions, and the majority of the island, which is home to around 110,900 people, was without power.

La Soufriere Volcano
This April 9, 2021, image courtesy of Zen Punnett, shows the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano from Rillan Hill in Saint Vincent. Zen Punnett/AFP/Getty Images