The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) has informed the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) of increased activity at the Kick ’em Jenny submarine volcano, located approximately 8 km north of Grenada.
According to the UWI-SRC, Kick ’em Jenny erupted on the evening of April 29, and felt reports suggest that the eruption was felt in northern Grenada. As a result, the alert level has been elevated to yellow and a 5 km exclusion zone has been imposed around the summit of the volcano which mariners are asked to strictly observe.
A yellow alert means “the volcano is restless; seismicity and/or fumarolic activity are above the historical level or other unusual activity has been observed or can be expected without warning.”
Currently, there is no tsunami threat to Saint Lucia as a result of the heightened activity of Kick ’em Jenny. However, NEMO officials remain in close contact with authorities in Grenada and the UWI Seismic Research Centre, and will provide updates on the situation as necessary.
For details, contact the NEMO Secretariat at 758.452.3802, 758.452.4318, 758.468.2126 or email at [email protected].