Air quality in Antigua and Barbuda could drastically diminish from midday


Dale Destin, Director at the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service says emissions from La Soufrière volcano in St Vincent could reach Antigua and Barbuda as early as midday today.


These emissions could come in the form of dust, ash, carbon dioxide or sulfur dioxide.

According to the UWI Seismic Research Centre, the volcano continues to erupt explosively and has now begun to generate pyroclastic density currents – hot (200°C-700°C), ground-hugging flows of ash and debris.


Explosions and accompanying ashfall, of similar or larger magnitude, are likely to continue to occur over the next few days impacting St. Vincent and neighbouring islands.


In the Met Office’s latest update, it said a shift of winds at the lower levels of the atmosphere could result in volcanic emissions reaching Antigua and Barbuda and the rest of the northeast Caribbean from La Soufrière Saint Vincent (volcano).


“The chance of emissions reaching the islands is low but there is a reasonable worst-case scenario of it happening. If it does happen, the impacts would be minor, at most, but the threat of health problems would be elevated, for mainly unusually sensitive people, such as asthmatics, people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children.”


Residents are asked to stay tuned for updates from the Met Office via



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  1. Is Mt.Obama/Boggy Peak next? Many here don’t seem to realize that Boggy Peak/Mt. Obama is an “extinct” VOLCANO. When will it blow???? Most Antiguans know much of this country was formed with CORAL, but not Booby Peak. It is an extinct volcano, and these “extinct” guys are starting to blow up all over the world. Be prepared. Prayers will help.

  2. Pour couple case of hot Guinness pon the top of boggy peak now so e can go lickle longer man, me na ready fi move yet.

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