|Present La Soufrière Alert Level:||RED||An eruption is in progress or may begin without further warning.|
National Emergency Management Organization staff was joined by Professor Robertson on the drive-through in communities in the Red Zone from Magum to Georgetown. The purpose of this drive-through was to update residents on the state of the La Soufrière Volcano, and to provide information on evacuation procedures and individual preparedness.
A GPS monitoring station was installed at the Richmond Vale Academy on Saturday. The team prepared monitoring equipment at Belmont to be installed close to the summit of the volcano on Sunday.
There is NO ‘explosive’ eruption at the La Soufrière volcano at this time. La Soufrière continues to have effusive eruptions, as hot magma reaches the surface at extreme temperatures. This appears in the night as fire or a bright red glow above the crater. As the dome gets higher and closer to the crater’s rim, this phenomenon will continue to be visible on clear nights.
The alert level remains at Orange. The volcano continues to exude magma on the surface and steam can still be observed from the Belmont Observatory. Persons living in areas close to the volcano should expect strong sulfur smells for several days to weeks, depending on changes in wind direction.
The NEMO is reminding the public that no evacuation order or notice has been issued. NEMO continues to appeal to the public to desist from visiting the La Soufrière Volcano and especially going into the crater since doing so is extremely dangerous.
According to the SRC, the new volcanic dome is extremely dangerous for those in close proximity as it can explode at any time without warning. People have been killed in this way. This warning comes as images from a birthday photoshoot surfaced on social media.
Official information will originate from St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Emergency Management Organization and the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center.