La Soufrière Scientific Update: No Earthquakes Recorded In 24 Hours

Lahar and pyroclastic deposit on the coast of St. Vincent, following the eruption of the La Soufrière Volcano. (Javid Collins, UWITV)

Present La Soufrière Alert Level:ORANGEThere is a highly elevated level of seismic and/or fumarolic activity or other unusual activity. An eruption may begin with less than twenty-four hours’ notice.

According to the latest scientific advisory from the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI SRC), seismic activity at La Soufrière, St Vincent has remained low since the tremor associated with the explosion and ash venting around noon on 22nd April. In fact, no earthquakes have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

The SRC also added that a small lahar was observed at 7:40 AM Friday morning. The volcano continues to be in a state of unrest. Escalation in activity can take place with little or no warning.

Volcanic Hazard Map for the La Soufrière Volcano, St. Vincent (UWI SRC/NEMO)
Volcanic Hazard Map for the La Soufrière Volcano, St. Vincent (UWI SRC/NEMO)

The alert level is orange. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) wishes to advise the public that access to the RED Volcanic Hazard Zone is limited to government-approved essential work only. Conditions remain hazardous, and the potential for injury remains. Residents are also asked to desist from visiting the La Soufrière Volcano. NEMO will continue to provide regular updates as they continue to monitor the Volcano.

Official information will originate from St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Emergency Management Organization and the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center.

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