La Soufrière Update #20: New Seismic Station Installed, Cabinet Briefed

CALVIN Air dropping off equipment at the summit of the volcano on Wednesday 20th January 2021 (NEMO)

CALVIN Air dropping off equipment at the summit of the volcano on Wednesday 20th January 2021 (NEMO)

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.

There were no clear views were obtained of the dome on Thursday 21st January 2021, according to the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in St. Vincent.

Instrumentation Engineer Lloyd Lynch and the Electronics Team completed the installation of the Fancy Seismic Station today.

Professor Richard Robertson and Dr. Thomas Christopher briefed Cabinet today on the state of the La Soufrière Volcano and the monitoring operation.

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 National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) will be doing a drive through the areas in the Red Volcano Hazard Zone from Georgetown to Magum on Saturday 23rd January 2021. The purpose of this drive-through is to update residents on the state of the La Soufriere Volcano and to provide information on evacuation procedures and individual preparedness.

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.

The @uwiseismic and NEMO continue to advise access to the #LaSoufriere Volcano is strictly prohibited at this time….

Posted by Trinidad and Tobago Weather Center on Thursday, January 14, 2021

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.

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)

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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