New vent at volcanic springs no cause for alarm – NEMO

New vent at volcanic springs no cause for alarm – NEMO

st-lucia-volcano-sulfur-springs-2-140GIS – A new vent discovered at the Soufriere volcano is no cause for alarm.

The new vent was discovered over a fortnight ago when concerns were raised due to ash being emitted from the volcano.

Velda Joseph, Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), said the present activity being witnessed does not indicate that the volcano is about the erupt, while the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) has indicated that there are multiple factors to consider in such an instance.

Head of the SRC, Dr Richard Robertson, said it not a phreatic explosion but a venting. A phreatic eruption or explosion is defined as a steam eruption without lava ejection.

Ms Joseph said the occurrence was not unusual. Volcano vents are sometimes blocked and emissions go through other vents, she said.

The NEMO Director made her comments following a lecture and workshop on earthquakes and volcanoes hosted by Dr Richard Robertson on May 3.

The UWI-SRC is the official source of information for earthquakes and volcanoes in the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean.


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  1. I have always been against geothermal electricity just like I am against dolphin aquariums and causeways leading to Maria. Leave things as is.


  2. Considering the seismic activity...kick em jenny being in one of her moods...and an earthquake or two in the pass two surprise


  3. It was discovered a fortnight ago which is 2 whole weeks and only now it hitting the news smh


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