Prayers for St. Vincent

Increased steaming and smoking at La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Prayers for St. Vincent

Holy God holy and strong have mercy on the people of St Vincent: remember them Lord, and deliver them from their distress, caused by the impending eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano. We thank you Lord for all the help that is being provided to effect a safe and speedy evacuation. Father we place the process in your capable hands. Dispatch your ministering angels to guard, guide and protect all affected. Allay their fears, keep them under the umbrella of your protection, and deliver them Lord!

— Betty Scanterbury

Father we rise this day with prayers and thoughts over our country, people and region. We especially lift up St. Vincent and the Grenadines…..Protect their people and their land Lord in this time of volcanic eruptions we know you God are more than able to still the earth and calm those tremors. May the people be safe and may we as a family in Christ continue to support and pray. In Jesus’s name.

— Lay Minister Keisha Sealy

In Time of Disaster
God of goodness and love, in whom we can trust in every hour
of need: Have mercy on all who are faced with fear and
distress [through hurricane, earthquake, tempest, pestilence, flood, *volcanic eruption].
We ask that help may be given to them speedily, and that this
emergency may be turned into an opportunity to strengthen the
bonds of love and service which bind men and nations together;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— Prayers and Thanksgiving for Various Occasions #33, CPWI Book of Common Prayer, Page 84

Volcanic eruption possible within hours or days in St Vincent

Vincentians have been advised to stay on their guard as increased activity of a different kind has been detected at La Soufriere volcano.

The possibility of an explosive eruption has significantly increased and it could happen sooner rather than later.

In an emergency media conference today, lead scientist monitoring the volcano Professor Richard Robertson, says a change in seismicity was detected around 3 am where the seismic station close to the summit began recording low seismic tremors, an activity associated with volcanoes, which is a continuous vibration of the ground.

Three separate episodes were recorded today called banded tremors. Robertson says this is usually a signal associated with the movement of magma to the surface and suggests more magma or fresh magma is on the way.  

The professor says three long period earthquakes were also recorded during the second batch of tremors which is also associated with the movement of magma. This also results in more steam.  

Robertson says the volcano is in a heightened period of activity which indicates the move to an explosive phase has increased significantly.  

He says the volcano can possibly become explosive in the next few hours or days.

No order has been given for any evacuation.

Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves has declared a Stage 3 alert which indicates that there is a substantial prospect that a disaster of the volcanic kind will strike within an applicable period. The next level, Stage 4, is reserved for evacuations.

Gonsalves says if the occasion arises in the next few hours or days that it becomes necessary for an evacuation order to be issued, then it will be issued.

Director of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Michelle Forbes says emergency shelters across the island are being prepared in the event persons need to be evacuated.

Source: Loop
Melissa Wong – 08 April 2021