La Soufriere volcano now at Red Alert

By Liz Myke Published on April 08, 2021
La Soufriere volcano now at Red Alert

Scientists from the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre today Thursday, April 8, 2021, noticed a remarkable increase in activity at the La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines that quickly shifted from Orange Alert to Red Alert. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves immediately ordered emergency evacuations. All emergency shelters and plans are in full effect and citizens are currently journeying to the designated safe zones. 

An article from the UWI Seismic Research team stated that they "recorded six separate bands of volcanic tremor throughout the day." It was noted that "this type of seismic signal is usually associated with movement of magma and fluids close to the surface." Ash was also witnessed coming from the volcano during this recent activity. 

Professor Richard Robertson, Geologist and Scientific Team Leader of the UWI-SRC, stated that "We cannot give any clear warning that nothing can happen within the next 24-48 hours and we would not be surprised if there are explosions at the volcano during the period."

National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has alerted the public of the safe areas, which are those from North Union to Kingstown on the Windward side of the island, Barouallie Kingstown on the Leeward side, and the Grenadine Islands. A sea evacuation has already begun on the Leeward side of the island. Persons are reminded to wear their masks during the evacuation process.

Citizens are asked to stay tuned to local St. Vincent media channels and follow NEMO on social media @NEMOSVG for updates. Scientific updates can also be found on the UWI-SRC website and social media platforms. 

Liz Myke

Liz Myke


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