August 9, 2020

La Soufriere still active and will erupt again

The Month of April marks 38 years since the last eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano, and although La Soufriere has been quiet for some time, it is still an active volcano and will erupt again.

According to a press release by the National Emergency Management Organization, Citizens should know where they live in relation to the volcano and in which hazard zone they are located.

The 1979 eruption demonstrated that the volcano can move from unrest to full scale eruption within 48 hours, a reminder of the importance of having a family emergency plan so that families can evacuate at short notice.

The UWI Seismic Research Centre is the agency responsible for monitoring earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis in the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean.

Scientists at the UWI-SRC are constantly monitoring La Soufriere and any changes in activity are immediately communicated to NEMO and SMU.

Tampering with volcano monitoring equipment such as solar panels, may prevent scientists from issuing timely warnings, thereby putting the population at risk.

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