‘It was indeed terrible.’ Officials in St. Vincent get look at volcano destruction
La Soufriere erupted Friday for the first time in 40 years on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, prompting thousands of people to evacuate, seismologists said. - Zen Punnett/AFP/AFP/TNS

A large eruption at the La Soufrière volcano in the eastern Caribbean early Monday is sending a rapidly moving avalanche of hot rocks and volcanic ash down the mountain, raising fears that some communities could be destroyed. Satellite imagery show the eruption produced dangerous pyroclastic flows traveling faster than a river down the mountain in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as ash filled the air. “I suspect quite a bit of the mountain now, and the communities, the buildings and the structures that are on the mountain, are destroyed and damaged,” said Richard Robertson, the lead geologist w...