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Residents of two eastern Caribbean islands have been advised to evacuate their homes after volcanoes that have been quiet for decades came to life. Officials issued alerts in the island chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, home to more than 100,000 people, as scientists scrambled to study the renewed activity. The government raised the alert level to orange for La Soufriere volcano, indicating it could erupt within 24 hours, and recommended that people living nearby leave their homes immediately.
Scientists have said that the simultaneous increase in La Soufriere and Mount Pelee activity is unrelated. According to experts, the activity is evidence that magma lurks underground and seeps to the surface, although scientists still don't have a very good understanding of what controls how quickly that happens. Seventeen of the 19 active volcanoes in the eastern Caribbean are located on 11 islands, with the remaining two underwater near the island of Grenada, including one called Kick 'Em Jenny that has been active in recent years.