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UWI-SRC La Soufrière Volcano update


UWI-SRC La Soufrière Volcano update
La Soufriere Volcano began erupting explosively on April 9. (Photo courtesy University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre)

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The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC), in an update on the La Soufriere Volcano in St Vincent and The Grenadines at 6 a.m. today, said “the swarm of long-period and hybrid earthquakes continues at La Soufrière”.

“These earthquakes still occur at a near-constant rate.”

An update on the Centre’s Facebook Page said small volcano-tectonic earthquakes are still being recorded occasionally, however, no episodes of tremor have been recorded since April 16.

“The volcano continues to erupt although there appears to be a pause in explosive activity at this time. The volcano’s current pattern of seismic activity may indicate growth of a lava dome, but this has not yet been confirmed.

“Explosions with accompanying ashfall, of similar or larger magnitude, could restart in the future impacting St Vincent and neighbouring islands,” the bulletin said.

The UWI-SRC also said that the alert level for La Soufrière is at Red.

The Centre has also advised the public to visit the International Volcanic Hazard Health Network for volcanic ash information and resources: www.ivhhn.org/information. (UWI-SRC)