The La Soufriere volcano in SVG could erupt “anytime from now”, lead scientist Professor Richard Robertson has said.
Robertson’s disclosure came at a news conference Thursday.
It followed what he described as a heightened period of activity at the volcano.
He said the possibility for La Soufriere to get to an explosive phase has ‘increased significantly’.
However, Robertson said no one can say exactly when that would happen.
But he explained that it could happen at any time.
“Given what we have seen, it is possible that it could happen in the next few hours, the next few days – that’ s possible,” Robertson disclosed.
He reported that since 3 a.m., there had been separate periods of tremors and long-period earthquakes.
Both are associated with the movement of magma rising to the surface.
“Essentially, our key recommendation is that your preparation should be finalised,” Robertson said.
He explained that with very little notice, the authorities in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines may need to move people out of harm’s way.
Saint Lucia has been ramping up preparations to respond to a La Soufriere eruption.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) has already identified shelters for local and other evacuees.