La Soufriere volcano is threatening to erupt.
He said two Royal Caribbean cruise ships are expected to arrive by Friday and a third one in the coming days, as well as two Carnival cruise ships due to arrive by Friday. An eruption by La Soufrière in 1902 killed more than 1,000 people.
The Associated Press reported on Friday that approximately 16,000 residents live in the "red zone" and would need to be evacuated either aboard cruise ships, to nearby islands or sheltered elsewhere in St. Vincent outside the red zone.More news: T&T ready to assist if St Vincent's La Soufriere erupts
He also said that he was talking to Caribbean governments to accept people's ID cards if they don't have a passport. According to the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC), the "explosive eruption" began at 8:41 a.m.
The professor said one of the main hazards for St Vincent is pyroclastic flows where instead of material being pushed into the atmosphere, it collapses back on the volcano and goes down the mountainside and maybe the valleys.
While providing an update on the situation via Zoom just after noon on Friday, Johnson said, although safe, outdoor was hazy and offered low visibility caused by volcanic ash as a result of the eruption. "I am in the green zone and so are most of the persons I know, actually, all of the persons I know from Guyana are in the green zone as well", Johnson said.
Scientists alerted the government about a possible eruption after noting a type of seismic activity at 3am on Thursday that indicated "magma was on the move close to the surface", Ms Joseph said.More news: Ukraine's Zelensky on frontline as Merkel urges Putin to pull back troops
Shelters filled up overnight as people living in the northern part of the island sought safer ground under government orders, with a string of vehicle lights twinkling through the darkened mountains.
They have been analyzing the formation of a new volcanic dome, changes to its crater lake, seismic activity and gas emissions, among other things.
Whether hurricanes, earthquakes, or other calamities, Royal Caribbean has traditionally stepped up with humanitarian aid and assistance.
The eruption came a day after officials had raised the alert level following several small tremors detected at the volcano, with clouds of steam seen erupting from its peak.More news: Parts of Ontario Could Be Headed to Stay-at-Home Order
The Chief Medical Officer will identify people who are vaccinated against COVID-19, which is a requirement for people to get on the ships.