Alert level for La Soufriere lowered to green

Kingstown – The Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines, on the advice of scientists from the Seismic Research Centre, University of the West Indies, lowered the volcanic alert level at La Soufriere from yellow to green, effective Wednesday.

A green alert means that seismic and fumarolic (steam vent) activity is at or below the historical level and no other unusual activity has been observed.

Activity at the La Soufriere volcano is now considered to be at levels similar to background activity recorded prior to the 2020-2021 eruption.

The overall trend of decreasing seismicity continued during the last month, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said on Wednesday.

No change in gas composition has been observed since measurements were taken in late January.

“This indicates that the plume chemistry has returned to its pre-eruption chemistry. There has been no significant change in deformation signal since May 2021,” NEMO said.

The alert level was lowered from orange to yellow on September 15 and since then activities have either lowered considerably or ceased.

NEMO, however, said the La Soufriere trail remains closed due to the uneven and dangerous terrain.

It reminded the public of the potential threat for lahars (flood waters mixed with ash, other volcanic materials, mud, debris, and rocks) after rainfall and the threat to people living and moving across river valleys closer to the volcano.

“Residents and motorists in areas close to the volcano and persons traversing rivers and streams during periods of heavy rainfall should always remain vigilant,” NEMO said. (CMC)

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