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Volcanos in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

With 1 volcanos in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines there have been a total of 4 significant eruptions over the past 300 years. Over 1,700 people were killed. The worst volcanic eruption in terms of deaths, destroyed houses and financial damages happened on 05/07/1902 with the eruption of "Soufriere St. Vincent". Here, 1680 people died.

All two volcanos in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are still considered as active.

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Significant volcanic eruptions in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the last 300 years

The following list shows all volcanic eruptions of the last 300 years with significant damage. The column "VEI" stands for the volcano explosivity index, which represents the strength of the eruption from a geological point of view. This takes into account the height and volume of the rocks ejected. The scale ranges from 0-8, with the severity of the eruption increasing tenfold with each value. For example, a VEI of 1 means that the volcano throws lava and rock masses of 100,000 to 1 million cubic meters up to 1 kilometer high. From VEI 8, a volcano is considered a super volcano. Here, more than 1,000 cubic kilometers of tephra are thrown to altitudes of more than 25 kilometers.

The highest explosivity index in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines reached in the review period was VEI 4 in 1902. The volcano Soufriere St. Vincent threw tephramasses of at least 100 million cubic meters over 10 kilometers high. Volcanoes of this size do not normally erupt more frequently than every 10 years.

EruptionVolcanoVEIDeathsTotal damage
04/09/2021Soufriere St. Vincent00
04/13/1979Soufriere St. Vincent32
05/07/1902Soufriere St. Vincent41680
04/27/1812Soufriere St. Vincent456


These statistics are based on datas from the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program (GVP), and the Significant Volcanic Eruptions Database of the National Geophysical Data Center (NOAA) / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS) doi:10.7289/V5JW8BSH. Several data have been summarized and translated.
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