NEMO: New vent at Soufriere volcano no cause for alarm

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) has said that the discovery of a new vent at the Soufriere volcano here is no cause for alarm.

The new vent was discovered about two weeks ago, NEMO Director, Velda Joseph told the Times.

“There is no cause for alarm with the system in Soufriere pertinent to that new vent that was discovered,” she explained.

Joseph said it was not a case where the volcano is about the erupt, as the Seismic Research Centre has indicated that there are other factors to be considered.

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre is the official source of information for earthquakes and volcanoes in the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean.

Velda Joseph said persons were concerned that the new vent was a sign of activity within the Soufriere volcano because ashes were emitted.

According to the NEMO Director, a report of the new vent was made directly to the Seismic Research Centre.

Joseph said the Head of the Centre, Doctor Richard Robertson, has indicated that it was not a phreatic explosion but a ‘venting’.

A phreatic eruption is defined as a steam eruption without lava ejection.

Joseph quoted Roberston, who held a workshop Wednesday at the NEMO headquarters,  as saying that the occurrence was not unusual since at times volcano vents are blocked and emissions go through other vents.







  1. Anonymous
    May 3, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    NEMO: Ridiculous

  2. Anonymous
    May 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    How could NEMO say no cause for concern when the vent was seen two weeks ago, and now the volcano next to Grenada is acting up. STUPID

    1. Anonymous
      May 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      That is EXACTLY what I thought.

  3. sharon terrell
    May 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I would like to know what causes the Volcano vents to block.Because this means that the steam from the volcano isn’t getting out,so can’t this cause an explosion.What causes this behavior.We need to start thinking about escape and disaster plans just in case,we don’t want to be caught off guard ever,NEMO.

    1. Smh_ Sharon Terrell need to stop
      May 3, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      You need to quit. Your contribution not making sense

      1. Anon1
        May 4, 2017 at 9:16 am

        Lol lol lol “Sharon Terrell” I read some of your comments and think mmmm Sharon has a point but this one awa.

        Do you honestly think that they isn’t a plan in place already.

        If you want to know how volcanoes actually operate why are you asking on this blog.

        Go and do some research and then come forward with at least a half thought out comment.

        You always asking a questions in your comments have you ever got a reply!

        Or are they all rhetorical!

  4. Smh
    May 3, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Really NEMO by now you’ll should know nobody believes a word from you’ll….. We will believe the opposite of anything that is said…..smh

  5. Febert
    May 3, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    If Nemo says it, RUN FAR.

  6. mad
    May 3, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I knew had a feeling the volcano was going to erupt been feeling tremors

  7. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 5:02 am

    The sky is falling run for your life! ……smh

  8. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 8:45 am

    What I would like to know is what if the volcano was to erupt, would it erupt in the same location, or would it erupt in another location since the crater collapsed?

    1. Anon1
      May 4, 2017 at 9:18 am

      Call NEMO and ask them.

  9. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Has their ever been a drill to evacuate Sourfriere?

  10. 666
    May 4, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Ohoh…I haven’t seen anyone mention God or the Devil yet.

  11. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Lord hear our cyies help ST LUCIA

  12. Jan
    May 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    God in Control!

    Really NEMO you’ll better tell people the truth, which is anything is possible, no one knows what’s happening down there, all the volcanoes are connected so we should always be in alert mode.

  13. Anonymous
    May 7, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Im urging you soufriere people to be vigilant.
    This is just signs of the many eruptions to come.
    Our volcano is just DORMANT not EXTINCT!!
    Get it right my St.lucian ppl..The volcano in Soufriere is just asleep,its sleeping…………
    There’s a great possibility of an eruption………..
    I dream of this volcano every three years around the same time,the month of April around GOOD FRIDAY _EASTER TIME.
    This is my 4th dream,occurs every 3 years.Im now 30.
    I don’t know if these recurrent dreams are warnings BUT…………..
    Jah knows ,we got to take heed.In my last dream of the volcano,i also felt several destructive earthquake’s and saw a developing tsunami when I looked on the soufriere beach.
    My people we are not under the ground,we are not under the volcano, we don’t know what’s really going on under there.
    Do we have any surveillance in ,around and under the volcano??????
    A programme needs to be introduce to educate we the public with some more information about our world’s ‘drive in Volcano’.
    In the meantime my St.lucian people let’s keep a WATCHFULL eye.. cuz ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE UNDER THE SUN.
    Scientist will always come up with explanations but GOD ALONE KNOWS WHAT HES DOING…….

  14. Modeste Downes
    May 9, 2017 at 12:16 am

    I won’t say I doh believe NEMO. But really, MWEN PEH!

  15. Anonymous
    May 11, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Just another vent for the Sulphur Springs to fart from and create a bigger stench. Phew.

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