(This Dec. 31 story corrects throughout to reflect the government told residents to be on alert and that they may be evacuated, and not that they were urged to evacuate, removes reference to ash)
CASTRIES, St. Lucia: Residents of the eastern Caribbean island chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines were warned on Wednesday to be on alert after a volcano, dormant for decades, came back to life.
The government raised the alert level to orange for the volcano La Soufriere, indicating that it could erupt with less than 24 hours notice, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that residents in some communities may receive evacuation orders on short notice.
Steam, gas and a volcanic dome, formed by lava that reaches the Earth’s surface, were seen over La Soufriere, located in the northern area of St. Vincent island, the CDEMA said.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which has a population of just over 100,000, has not seen…