Transcript for Thousands evacuated as volcano erupts in St. Vincent
developing story on the caribbean island of St. Vincent where they've had a second volcanic eruption, thousands of people evacuated from the area and cruise ships are now responding to the calls for help. ABC's Julia Macfarlane has this story. Reporter: Overnight, dramatic images from the island of St. Vincent. The caribbean nation's disaster management agency confirming a second explosive eruption. The long-dormant volcano awakening blasting giant clouds of ash into the sky. Officials saying plumes are rising above 25,000 feet. Homes covered in ash as thousands of people are forced to evacuate. I heard this loud explosion. I -- the smoke started to go up in the air. I just panicked. You know what I mean? There you go. Reporter: But eruptions are complicating the evacuation process. This ferry unable to get into the evacuation zone due to low visibility. Yeah, the ash is falling. Can't see anything. The ash fall itself if it gets wet it forms like a cement type of texture and materials. Reporter: The volcano known as la soufriere has been quiet for decades, but began to show activities a few months ago. An early morning eruption Friday followed by a second just hours later. Periods and in between where nothing would happen. Reporter: Well, the U.S. State department says it's not aware of any threat to U.S. Citizens on St. Vincent, meanwhile, there is now a race against time to get everybody there out of harm's way before it rains potentially turning all that hot ash into rock. Really a race for those
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