La Soufrière (volcano)
|Elevation||1,234 m (4,049 ft)|
|Prominence||1,234 m (4,049 ft)|
|Listing||Country high point|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Location||Saint Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies|
|Volcanic arc/belt||Lesser Antilles Volcanic Arc|
|Last eruption||April to October 1979|
|Easiest route||From the windward (Atlantic) side|
Geography and structure
At 1,234 m (4,049 ft), La Soufrière is the highest peak on Saint Vincent as well as the highest point in the island country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Soufrière is a stratovolcano with a crater lake and is the island's youngest and northernmost volcano.
La Soufrière violently erupted in 1718, 1812, 1902, 1971, and 1979. The eruption of May 7, 1902, just hours before the eruption of Mount Pelée on Martinique, killed 1,680 people. The death zone, where almost all persons were killed, was close to entirely Carib. This last large remnant of Carib culture was destroyed, the island of Dominica's Carib Territory being much smaller in comparison at that time.
The last recorded eruption was in April 1979; due to advance warning there were no casualties.
A famous painting by JMW Turner of the eruption on 13th April 1812 belongs to the Victoria Art Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool.
- The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre
- USGS/CVO West Indian Volcanoes
- UND Soufriere St. Vincent
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