Authorities on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent said Wednesday that they mistook the La Soufriere volcano for a risk of explosion and ordered forced evacuations.

The disaster response service on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent, which issued one of its red alert alerts, said a Royal Caribbean cruise ship would arrive late on Wednesday to evacuate residents near the La Soufriere volcano.

“They know who doesn’t have transportation because all of this has been canvassed before,” Joseph said, adding that those who board the cruise ship are not sent elsewhere but remain there indefinitely.

Pandemic could complicate evacuation efforts.

“People should be vaccinated,” said Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves at a news conference, as people get on board a cruise liner or take temporary shelter on another island.

Gonsalves said he spoke to Caribbean governments to allow people’s ID cards if they did not have passports.

Gonsalves added he urgently recommends that those who choose to stay in a sanctuary at Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a chain of islands of more than 100.000 people.

Government officials tweeted that the dome of the volcano in the northern part of the island will be lit at dark.

Ralph Gonsalves

Ralph Everard Gonsalves is a Vincentian politician. He is currently the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and leader of the Unity Labour Party . (wikipedia)

La Soufrière (volcano)

La Soufrière or Soufrière Saint Vincent is an active volcano on the island of Saint Vincent in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. (wikipedia)

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Soufrière Hills

The Soufrière Hills are an active, complex stratovolcano with many lava domes forming its summit on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Many volcanoes in the Caribbean are named Soufrière . (wikipedia)

Politics of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Politics of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines takes place in the framework of a parliamentary democracy. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an independent Commonwealth realm, (wikipedia)

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International , also formerly known as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line , (wikipedia)