A trip to the La Soufriere crater rim yesterday by the team from the UWI Seismic Research Centre has revealed the dome continues to grow.
Vincentian Geologist Professor Richard Robertson and his team installed a monitoring station at Wallibou yesterday. They made a trip to the crater rim, to take still photos and videos which will allow them to estimate the volume of material extruded and growth of the new dome.
Based on observations yesterday, the dome is slowly getting bigger.
The SRC Team will conduct a reconnaissance of the La Soufriere Volcano on board the French Helicopter today through an arrangement between the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines and the Government of France, through the Embassy of France to the Eastern Caribbean States, to Barbados and the OECS in Saint Lucia.
The Regional Security System (RSS) Aircraft will also do a surveillance of the La Soufriere Volcano today. While aerial reconnaissance of La Soufriere was done yesterday thick cloud cover was blocking the view of the new dome.
The Alert level for the volcano remains at Orange. It continues to exude magma on the surface and steam can still be observed from the Belmont Observatory. Persons living in areas close to the volcano should expect strong sulphur smells for several days to weeks, depending on changes in wind direction.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) held three community meetings yesterday with residents of Fancy, Owia, Point and Calliaqua to provide an update on the present situation at the La Soufriere Volcano and conduct a review of the Community Volcano Emergency Plans.
In addition, residents of Calliaqua were also briefed on their roles as it relates to receiving persons who will be evacuated if it becomes necessary.
There will also be a meeting with residents of Sandy Bay and surrounding communities tomorrow at the Sandy Bay Government School to update residents on the present situation at the La Soufriere Volcano and to review the Community Volcano Emergency Plan.
On January 9, NEMO will meet with residents of Georgetown and surrounding areas.
NEMO is reminding the public that no evacuation order or notice has been issued and continues to appeal to the public to desist from visiting the La Soufriere Volcano until the scientists advise that it is safe to do so.
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