Thousands evacuate as volcano erupts on island of Saint Vincent

The long dormant La Soufriere Volcano last erupted in April 1979.
1:05 | 04/11/21

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Now to the race to escape the erupting volcano in the caribbean. Thousands evacuating as ash rains down on the island of St. Vincent. Four cruise ships rushing in to take people to safety. Here's Julia Macfarlane. Reporter: Tonight, the idyllic caribbean island of St. Vincent covered in ash. Eerily empty after thousands of people told to evacuate immediately. Me can't take it no more. I have to run. I have to move now. Reporter: The long dormant la soufriere volcano erupting Friday. Oh, my goodness! Reporter: Spouting columns of smoke and ash more than six miles skyward. Now fears that rain may cause the superheated ash in the air to harden into rock. The ash fall itself, if it gets wet, it forms like a cement type of texture. Reporter: Luxury yachts and cruise ships being repurposed to transport evacuees. The prime minister of St. Vincent thankful for help from neighboring islands, today saying "We are one caribbean family." Whit, experts warn bigger eruptions could still be in store. This could go on for months. Whit? Still a concern for a lot of people there.

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