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Happening in the World: A volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines erupted yesterday morning, sending a towering plume of ash into the sky and forcing 16,000 residents to evacuate. Seismologists were able to predict the eruption days ahead of time based on tremors, giving emergency management authorities a crucial head start. Residents in groups of 1,500 who have received the COVID-19 vaccine are being allowed to take shelter aboard cruise ships. Meanwhile, unvaccinated residents are taking shelter in hotels on the island that are out of reach of the volcano’s pyroclastic flows.  (ABC)

Happening in the US: Pfizer applied for approval of its two-dose mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 12-15 yesterday. The vaccine is currently only approved for individuals aged 16 and up. The FDA has said it will review Pfizer’s application “as quickly as possible” after Phase 3 trials showed that the normal two-dose regimen is both safe and 100% efficacious for people aged 12 to 15. (CNN)

Happening in NYC:
Hip hop legend and Westchester County native Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, died yesterday after an episode of cardiac arrest sent him into a coma on April 2. Simmons’ first album was released in 1998, and his career continued all the way up until his death. He was 50 years old and is survived by his mother and 15 children. (AP)

Happening in Our Community: The Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies is hosting a talk titled Taming the Wild: Attracting Capital Through Populist Mobilization in the Urban Landscapes of Istanbul on Tuesday from 12 to 1 pm EDT. The talk will trace the origins of mass support for Turkey’s ruling right-wing Justice and Development Party among the urban working class. Register here

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