Nearly 500 Earthquakes Recorded At La Soufriere Volcano On Monday

Close to 500 earthquakes were recorded between 6.3o am and 4.pm on Monday 5th April 2021 at the La Soufriere volcano on the island of St Vincent.

Today’s swarm of Volcano-Tectonic earthquakes were also much more intense compared to those which occurred during the period March 23-25 and contained many more small earthquakes, with an average rate of about 50 earthquakes per hour compared with 1.5 per hour in March.

NEMO said the current swarm of Volcano-Tectonic earthquakes have been located at a depth about 6 km below the summit of the La Soufrière Volcano.

This is slightly deeper than those recorded between March 23 and 25, 2021 which were located at depths from 3 to 5 km below the summit. (Earlier estimates of these swarms were revised from 10 km to 3 to 5 km).

The largest Volcano-Tectonic earthquake was recorded at 2:16 pm today, with a magnitude of 3.9. There were nine more Volcano-Tectonic earthquakes in the swarm with magnitudes of 3.0 or more.

Residents in the North-Eastern community of Fancy reported heavier rumblings and earthquakes on Monday afternoon.

In the North-Western community of Chateaubelair, Residents told News784 that it would have been the first time they felt earthquakes associated with the recent activity at La Soufriere.

Reports to News784 are that two earthquakes were felt in Chateaubelair at 11.30 and midday.

The alert level remains at Orange. The National Emergency Management Organisation is reminding the public that no evacuation order or notice has been issued.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) is also encouraging residents especially persons living in communities close to the volcano to be prepared in the event that it becomes necessary to evacuate at short notice.

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