Rosebank Residents Report Strong Sulphur Smell

(By Ernesto Cooke) – The strong smell of sulphur is being reported by residents in the northwestern community of Rosebank on Friday night.

Rosebank and several other communities are located in the direct path of the La Soufriere volcano.

A number of residents in Rosebank reported to News784 that the smell of sulphur has been in the atmosphere since last week, however, it became extremely strong on Friday night.

UWI officials noted that La Soufriere is currently going through a stage of effusive eruptions.

No prediction can be made at this time if La Soufriere will move from the effusive stage to an explosive one.

One woman told News784;

“ the strong scent of the sulphur is becoming Unbearable making you feel nauseated, it’s burning my eyes and makes the throat feel funny”.

She said the wearing of the mask makes no difference.

Rosebank is among  communities that will have to be evacuated if an eruption takes place.

La Soufriere violently erupted in 1718, 1812,1902, 1971, and 1979.

The Saint Vincent eruption of 6 May 1902, just hours before the eruption of Mount Pelée on Martinique, killed 1,680 people.

The last recorded eruption was in April 1979; thanks to advance warning there were no casualties.

There is currently no evacuation order in place for any communities on the island.

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  1. Reality: The volcano is erupting. If the sulfuric fumes are reaching Rosebank; then, perhaps it is time to advise citizens on the next steps should an evaluation order be implemented. What should people expect? Are there designated vehicles on standby? What resources are in place? Where will the people go if they don’t have relatives to take them in? How would they get there? Things like that. Would people be evacuated in phases because of Covid-19? This is a difficult time for the island and my thoughts are with the my family, my friends, and government as they maneuver through this unusual time.

  2. Don’t you think people closer to Soufriere are smelling it also. I guess they should evacuate Rose Bank people alone, based on what that nincompoop said. You never stop smelling the fumes since 1979, it’s dangerous for your health, another reason to be like Sonny for Petit Bordel. They need to rebuilt the Whalves/Jetties in Cumberland, Troumaca Bay, and Chateabelair, along with a new one in Rose Bank, which will accommodate the transport of people by sea, in time of disaster.

    Do you know, when they had the flood in Rose Bank, causing the death of five family members, the Coast Guard, showed and had no way of transporting the dead bodies, from the residence to the boat. It was a guy who lent them a ladder to transport the bodies.