Volcano Seismologist Roderick Stewart says that activity at the La Soufriere volcano remains quiet. There have only been a few small earthquakes. But there have been no signs of increased activity, reactivation or pressurization.
Stewart mentioned that at this stage, residents of the orange zone can begin to reoccupy villages within this zone, but warned that the red zone remains extremely dangerous and should only be accessed for official purposes sanctioned by the government.
He said the team would need to get a good look at the crater in order to ascertain exactly what’s happening. Due to this, he says that he is not ready to say that the volcano has gone back to sleep yet.
However, he noted that the volcano is in a more quiet stage than it was prior to the explosions.
Stewart said that as a result of the destruction of the monitoring station at the summit, the team is currently unable to compare activity prior to the explosions, to the volcano’s current activity.