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Vincentians on alert over seismic activity @ La Soufriere

Vincentians on alert over seismic activity @ La Soufriere

Residents of St Vincent and the Grenadines have been placed on high alert and warned to stay away from La Soufriere, after authorities detected an increase in seismic activity at the volcano over the weekend.

The Local National Emergency Management Organization and the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) says they are currently monitoring the activity.

"We are currently monitoring the situation in collaboration with local authorities. The public is advised to not visit the volcano until a further update is provided,” UWI-SRC tweeted on Tuesday, December 30, 2020.

Meanwhile, on late Tuesday, Officials reported tremors, strong gas emissions and the formation of a new volcanic dome and changes to its crater lake at the site.

La Soufriere, located near the northern tip of the main island of St Vincent, last erupted in 1979, and a previous eruption in 1902 killed some 1,600 people.

The Soufriere Hills volcano erupts in the Caribbean island of Montserrat on January 23, 2010. It has been one of the most active volcanoes in the Eastern Caribbean in recent years.

Be on alert to evacuate if needed – SVG Gov’t

The government warned those living near the volcano to prepare to evacuate if needed, declaring an orange alert, which means eruptions could occur with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Volcanoes that have been quiet for decades including Grenada’s called Kick ‘Em Jenny have been rumbling to life in the eastern Caribbean.

The new activities have been prompting officials to issue alerts in Martinique a well as Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as scientists rush in to study activity they say have not been observed in years.


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