St Vincent on alert in the wake of volcanic activity

    (Photo via UWI Seismic Research Centre)

    The Alert Level at the La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent has been raised to Orange.

    According to the country’s National Emergency Management Organization, Orange Level means highly elevated levels of seismicity and fumarolic activity, while eruptions may occur with less than 24 hours notice.

    Speaking during a media conference hosted by St Vincent Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves yesterday evening was Volcanologist Professor Richard Robertson of the UWI Seismic Research Centre.

    According to him, an effusive eruption was taking place, which means magma is coming slowly out of the earth and building a dome.

    He also warned that sulphur-rich gases will be released and warned persons to stay away from the area.

    La Soufriere last had an explosive eruption in March 1979.

    Dr Gonsalves meanwhile revealed that T&T’s National Security Minister had given clearance for Professor Robertson and two others from the UWI SRC to travel to St Vincent.

    He also said while no evacuation order is being given at this time, those living close to the volcano should make the necessary preparations to leave in case an order is given.