The Soufriere Hills volcano, the Caribbean’s most active, rumbled back to life with an explosion that sent a pyroclastic flow racing 3 km down the side of the mountain’s northwest flank.
The few residents near the area were told to evacuate as seismic activity has increased along with steam vents from the lava dome. Officials see this as a warning of an impending full scale eruption.
Experts fear a dome collapse is imminent and the resulting flows would destroy anything in its path. Glowing streaks could be seen at night trailing down the mountainsides. A 1995 eruption killed 19 and half the inhabitants fled the island.