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SVG Still on Orange Alert Amid Increased Volcanic Activity


by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Seismic activities continue at La Soufriere volcano on St. Vincent and the Grenadine.

The island remains on Orange alert.

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center (UWI-SRC) described the activity as a swarm of Volcano-Tectonic (VT) earthquakes.

The largest Volcano-Tectonic earthquake was recorded at 2:16 pm Monday (April 5) with a magnitude of 3.9.

In a video shared on Facebook a resident of St. Vincent recording the dome smoking profusely with what appeared to be scorch marks to the surrounding foliage.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) has stated that residents in communities close to the volcano must be prepared in the event that it becomes necessary to evacuate at short notice.

No evacuation has been issued.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a shelter capacity for close to 11,000 people.

Reports indicate that an eruption could affect 20,000 people who live in the north of St. Vincent.

Neighbouring island, St. Lucia reported having 3,000 cots already in shelters and that it is seeking another 6,500 from the World Bank.

Antigua and Barbuda said on March 31 that at least 500 Vincentians could be accommodated at the Jolly Beach Hotel – but now that facility is being used as a Covid-19 quarantine centre.

Grenada is making 2,000 beds available on the campus of St. George’s University in the likelihood of an eruption in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


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