Volcanologist Dr Thomas Christopher, the lead scientist monitoring the La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent says it is still risky venturing inside the crater.
Christopher says based on what he has heard in terms of the topography of the area, it seems possible that persons can walk down to the lake easily.
“It is a thrill-seeking adventure but not the wisest thing to do. If you did it once you don’t need to do it again. People should try not to engage in that sort of activity”.
“While the activity at the volcano looks over, there are secondary hazards up there that can cause problems”.
“A person could be walking on the ash material and their feet could sink in because it’s not consolidated as well as it should be. A person can sink into an area that is hot and get burnt”.
The UWI in their update on Tuesday said seismic activity at La Soufrière has remained low since the tremor associated with the explosion and ash venting on 22 April.
The Unit says current activity is consistent with a period of unrest after an eruption. This can continue for weeks to months. While volcanic activity has been on a decline, there is the continued presence of near-surface hot spots, daily seismic activity and persistent degassing.
There is a small, but not insignificant, possibility that magmatic activity might restart, should there be an influx of new magma from depth, the Unit reported.
The volcano is at alert level ORANGE.