The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has advised residents that La Soufrière Volcano is not erupting.
According to a NEMO statement, heavy steaming from the volcano is the result of the heavy rainfall interacting with the very hot rocks and gases, creating steam plumes rising from the crater.
Professor Richard Robertson, Lead Scientist from the Seismic Research Centre, University of the West Indies, explained that whenever rain falls and the valleys steam, it’s part of what is expected in terms of residual activity at the La Soufriere volcano in the current hurricane season in the context of hot deposits and mudflows.
Robertson explained that it’s not indicative of an increase in activity levels at the volcano and does not indicate the presence of new magma at or reaching the surface or that explosive activity is about to or will occur.
He said there is no increased activity at the volcano.