Monday, April 12, 2021

UPDATED: Briefly Noted: Vaccine Or Death By Volcano

I've been puzzling a bit over this story of the explosive eruption of the volcano La Soufriere on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. It's turned out to be a rather serious eruption, calling for the evacuation of a major portion of the island--preferably to neighboring islands.

The snag is that we've been hearing that those who have not been Covid vaxxed will not be evacuated. "They" is the overwhelming population of the island, since only about 10% of the 100K population has been vaxxed.

In trying to make sense of this situation I initially assumed that what was going on was simply that the evacuation ships are actually Carnival cruise ships, the ships and potential evacuees ran afoul of regulations that require all cruise passengers be vaxxed.

However, Monica Showalter has a nice update on the situation--St. Vincent volcano evacuation: No COVID vaccine, no rescue for you!--and it seems that Carnival is denying that it is refusing to evacuated non-vaxxed persons. It's the St. Vincent Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves, who made that decision. Showalter links to various sources:

according to a report from the Daily Wire, citing other news sources:

The island’s Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves, then sparked criticism by saying that those boarding cruise ships or seeking temporary refuge on nearby islands must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who have not yet been vaccinated — numbering in the thousands — will not be permitted to leave the island, and will be housed in local hotels in “safe zones,” according to the Prime Minister.

“Gonsalves said only vaccinated residents who have been checked and identified by Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines chief medical officer, will be allowed to board the ships out of an abundance of caution,” reported ABC News.

So, it's like the entire island is run by a cultish madman: No one gets out alive! And that's about the size of it. Wikipedia informs us that Gonsalves--now serving his fifth term--is "known affectionately as 'Comrade Ralph'".

Just a reminder, for those--such as middle class liberals--who don't seem to get the concept of elections, that you actually do get what you vote for in the long run.

UPDATE: Zerohedge, as usual, has some excellent coverage of this volcanic eruption with remarkable photos. The first explosive eruption occurred on Friday and Zerohedge had this post on Saturday:

"Looks Like Nuclear Winter" -  St. Vincent Awaits Next Volcanic Explosion

Nuclear Winter sounds like an unpleasant experience. At that time, even as Zerohedge quoted experts stating that the worst may be yet to come--and it's very bad so far--the leftist PM seemed to have adopted a philosophical approach to the eruption, being quoted as saying: "What goes up must come down." Well, at least even this leftist can "follow the science" that far.

However, as of this morning the PM was still refusing to allow the unvaxxed portion of the population--90%--to be evacuated on cruise ships. He was also calling on government employees to report for work. This, as the experts are being proved correct:

Another Massive Explosion Rocks St. Vincent As Hot Ash Rains Down

La Soufriere volcano "continues to erupt explosively and has now begun to generate pyroclastic density currents. Explosions and accompanying ashfall, of similar or larger magnitude, are likely to continue to occur over the next few days," warned St. Vincent's emergency management organization (NEMO). 


The large explosion at La Soufriere Volcano occurred early Monday morning and could be the biggest one yet. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes and placed in shelters. The volcano first erupted on Friday. Cruise ships arrived at the eastern Caribbean island this past weekend, only allowing vaccinated people to leave the island. 

"It's destroying everything in its path," Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center, told The Associated Press. "Anybody who would have not heeded the evacuation, they need to get out immediately."

Joseph compares the latest explosion to the one in 1902 when 1,600 people died. In total, the volcano has had six eruptions -- in 1718, 1812, 1814, 1902/03, 1979, and 2021.

NEMO said explosions and accompanying ashfall of similar or larger magnitude are likely to continue over the next few days.

More remarkable photos and video.

1 comment:

  1. I saw this hitting the wires yesterday or the day before... If muttering obscenities helped, their problems would have been solved right then!