PRESS RELEASE – The National Emergency Management Organisation in the Office of the Prime Minister has been apprised of the latest developments regarding submarine volcano Kick Em Jenny.
The alert level at Kick Em Jenny, which is off the coast of Grenada, has been raised to ORANGE.
Please see the attached for a full explanation of the various warning levels.
There is no imminent alert or threat to Saint Lucia, but NEMO officials are in close contact with authorities in Grenada and at the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Unit.
NEMO will provide updates immediately should they become available.
– Orange alert for Kick `em Jenny Volcano (see table below for explanation of orange alert)
– No imminent alert for Saint Lucia
– Scientist from the Seismic Research Centre are currently in Grenada monitoring the situation
– No need to panic
– As soon as additional information is received, updates will be provided to the public
Alert Levels for Kick `em Jenny Volcano
|Alert Level||Symptoms||Action by Scientists||Recommended action by Civil Authorities and the Public|
|GREEN||Volcano is quiet. Seismicity and fumarolic (steam vent) activity are below the historical level at the volcano. No other unusual activity detected.||Maintain basic monitoring system.||– Undertake public awareness campaigns. -Prepare evacuation plan for vulnerable areas. – Check the Seismic Research Unit website regularly for change in status. – Visiting scientists should submit a complete plan of their proposed activities to NERO, Grenada, for approval|
|YELLOW||Volcano is restless: seismicity and/or fumarolic activity are above the historical level or other unusual activity has been observed or can be expected without warning.||– Bring monitoring system to full capability. – Civil authorities will be alerted and commuinication system tested.||– Intensify public awareness campaigns. – An exclusion zone of 1.5km from the summit of the volcano should be enforced for non-essential shipping. – Visiting scientists should ensure that the Sauteurs Observatory is manned throughout their visit (at their expense) and that the Observatory can contact their ship at any time. They must also be prepared to leave the exclusion zones immediately upon request.|
|ORANGE||Highly elevated level of seismic and/or fumarolic activity or other unusual activity. Eruption may begin with less than twenty-four hours notice.||– All regional governments alerted through Disaster Coordinators and Venezuelan diplomatic missions. – Sauteurs Observatory continuously manned. – Continuous communication with NERO. (GRENADA and St. Vincent and the Grenadines). – Summit area under continuous visual surveillance. – Scientists and emergency personnel within exclusion zones maintain continuous contact with the Observatory.||– Vulnerable communities advised of evacuation routes and transport put on standby. – Local radio stations in Grenada, St. Vincent, barbados and Trinidad placed on alert. – Public listens to local radio continuously for updates and visits the Seismic Research Unit website if possible. -All shipping stays outside the first exculsion zone (1.5km from the summit). – Non-essential shipping (pleasure craft etc) stays 5km clear of the summit (second exclusion zone). – Visiting scientists who are not taking part in essential monitoring are regarded as non-essential.|
|RED||Eruption is in progress or may begin without further warning.||– Measurements within the exclusion zones as permitted by activity. – Aerial reconaissance whenever possible.||– Vulnerable areas prepared for immediate evacuation. – All shipping stays 5km clear of summit (i.e. out of the first and second exculsion zones). – Public in all vulnerable zones should listen to local radio stations for updates.|