Authorities on the island of St. Vincent in the eastern Caribbean ordered mandatory evacuations on Thursday, saying they believed an active volcano was in danger of exploding.
The island’s emergency management office turned the alert level to red and said the first cruise line would arrive after dark to evacuate those living near the La Soufrière volcano. It was not immediately clear how many people would be evacuated from the area, where the ship would take them, or whether they would stay on board temporarily.
Officials said the volcano dome in the island’s northern region can be seen glowing after dark. The alert launched Thursday evening follows days of seismic activity around La Soufrière.
The volcano last erupted in 1979, and a previous eruption in 1902 killed some 1,600 people.