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On April 9th, 2021 the La Soufriere volcano in the north of the island of St. Vincent erupted, spewing heavy ash and smoke across the island and much of the surrounding region. An estimated 16,000... On April 9th, 2021 the La Soufriere volcano in the north of the island of St. Vincent erupted, spewing heavy ash and smoke across the island and much of the surrounding region. An estimated 16,000 persons in the most heavily affected area were evacuated from the island and another estimated 2,000 persons left their homes. Direct Relief conducted a space-time hotspot analysis of population changes based on Facebook's Disaster Maps aggregated population data between April 10th and April 17th, which indicates the magnitude of the population reduction in northern St. Vincent, and the relative shift to southern communities.

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Volcanic Explosion in St Vincent and the Grenadines – Facebook Population Mobility Analysis from April 10th through 17th, 2021

On April 9th, 2021 the La Soufriere volcano in the north of the island of St. Vincent erupted, spewing heavy ash and smoke across the island and much of the surrounding region. An estimated 16,000 persons in the most heavily affected area were evacuated from the island and another estimated 2,000 persons left their homes. Direct Relief conducted a space-time hotspot analysis of population changes based on Facebook's Disaster Maps aggregated population data between April 10th and April 17th, which indicates the magnitude of the population reduction in northern St. Vincent, and the relative shift to southern communities.

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