Wednesday, August 10, 2022

La Soufrière Volcano Alert Level Drops From Red To Orange

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The alert level for La Soufrière volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has changed from red to orange.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) made the disclosure in a release Thursday.

It said with the concurrence of the Director of the organisation and advice from scientists from the Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies, the government made the decision.

According to NEMO, the orange volcano alert means that La Soufrière may resume explosions with less than 24 hours’ notice.

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The organisation said lead scientist Roderick Stewart indicated that the orange alert recommendation was made because there have been no volcanic explosions since April 22.

And the number of volcanic earthquakes recorded has also decreased ‘significantly’.

NEMO said the current orange alert means  residents who left the Yellow and Orange zones can now return home.

The organisation advised residents in emergency shelters in several areas that they may also do the same.

The authorities had raised the alert level for La Soufrière volcano to Red on April 8.

At the time, officials gave the evacuation order.

The order came about 15 hours before La Soufriere erupted explosively on April 9.

A Red alert means that an eruption is in progress or may occur without further warning.

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