La Soufrière (volcano)

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La Soufrière
Highest point
Elevation 1,234 m (4,049 ft) [1]
Prominence 1,234 m (4,049 ft) [1]
Coordinates 13°20′N61°11′W / 13.333°N 61.183°W / 13.333; -61.183 Coordinates: 13°20′N61°11′W / 13.333°N 61.183°W / 13.333; -61.183
Native nameSoufray
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La Soufrière
Location Saint Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies
Mountain type Stratovolcano (active)
Volcanic arc/belt Lesser Antilles Volcanic Arc
Last eruption April to October 1979
Easiest route From the windward (Atlantic) side

La Soufrière (Vincentian Creole: Soufray) ("The Sulfurer") or Soufrière Saint Vincent is an active volcano on the island of Saint Vincent in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean. Many volcanoes in the Caribbean are named Soufrière (French: "sulphur outlet"). These include Soufrière Hills on Montserrat and La Grande Soufrière on Guadeloupe, the subject of Werner Herzog's 1977 film La Soufrière .

Vincentian Creole is an English-based creole language spoken in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It contains elements of French and Antillean Creole, and various Iberian Romance languages. It has also been influenced by the indigenous Kalinago/Garifuna elements and by African language brought over the Atlantic Ocean by way of the slave trade. Over the years the creole has changed to be more English-based. It does not have the status of an official language

Volcano A rupture in the crust of a planetary-mass object that allows hot lava, volcanic ash, and gases to escape from a magma chamber below the surface

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Windward Islands Islands of the Lesser Antilles, within the West Indies

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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. [1] Soufrière is a stratovolcano with a crater lake and is the island's youngest and northernmost volcano.

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Stratovolcano Tall, conical volcano built up by many layers of hardened lava and other ejecta

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Eruptive history

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Volcanic dust from Mount Soufriere, 1902

La Soufrière 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 death zone, where almost all persons were killed, was close to entirely Carib. This last large remnant of Carib culture was destroyed, [2] the island of Dominica's Carib Territory being much smaller in comparison at that time.

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The last recorded eruption was in April 1979; due to advance warning there were no casualties.[ citation needed ]

A famous painting by J. M. W. Turner of the eruption on 13 April 1812 belongs to the Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool. [3] [4] [5]

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  1. 1 2 3 "La Soufrière" on Retrieved 1 October 2011
  2. Frederick Albion Ober, Our West Indian Neighbors: The Islands of the Caribbean Sea, " America's Mediterranean", 2010 republish of 1908 book by Nabu Press ISBN   978-1-145-31194-7 book
  3. Victoria Art Gallery Archived 21 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine on view July 2015
  4. ‘The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains, in the Island of St Vincent, at Midnight, on the 30th of April, 1812, from a Sketch Taken at the Time by Hugh P. Keane, Esqre’, Joseph Mallord William Turner, exhibited 1815 | Tate
  5. The Eruption of the Soufrière Mountains in the Island of St Vincent, 30 April 1812 | Art UK