Aerial reconnaissance of the La Soufriere volcano today

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    Aerial reconnaissance of the La Soufriere Volcano in St Vincent will be done today.

    According to the country’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), the reconnaissance by the team from UWI’s Seismic Research Centre will be done on board a French Helicopter.

    This is being done through an arrangement between the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Government of France, through the Embassy of France to the Eastern Caribbean States, to Barbados and the OECS in Saint Lucia.

    The Regional Security System Aircraft will also do surveillance today.

    Aerial reconnaissance was attempted yesterday, however thick cloud cover blocked the view of the new dome.

    The SRC team meanwhile made a trip to the crater rim yesterday, where they took photos and videos to estimate the volume of material extruded and growth of the new dome.

    The team also installed a monitoring station at Wallibou.

    According to NEMO, the Alert level remains at Orange, with the Volcano continuing to exude magma and steam.

    Persons living close to the volcano can expect strong sulphur smells for several days to weeks, depending on changes in wind direction.

    NEMO also held three community meetings today with residents of Fancy, Owia, Point and Calliaqua to provide an update on the present situation at the Volcano, and conduct a review of the Community Volcano Emergency Plans.

    Residents of Calliaqua were also briefed on their roles as it relates to receiving persons who will be evacuated if it becomes necessary.

    Meetings will also be held with residents of Sandy Bay and surrounding communities on Thursday 7th January 2021, and residents of Georgetown and surrounding areas on Saturday 9th January 2021, to update residents on the present situation at the Volcano and to review the Community Volcano Emergency Plan.

    Despite the recent activity at the volcano, no evacuation order or notice has yet been issued.