The office of the disaster management ODM has received reports of emissions being observed in the Soufriere area, in the South of Dominica, on Wednesday afternoon.
National Disaster Coordinator at the ODM, Fitzroy Pascal says this report is being investigated and the public will be updated.
Pascal says, “The ODM is in contact with the Seismic Research Center, UWI Trinidad, who is responsible for monitoring seismic activity on Dominica.”
“At this time the ODM is advising the public to stay clear of the area until further notice,” Pascal stated on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, speaking with Dominica Vibes, Chairman of the Soufriere Village Council, Weefers Jules says “there’s no cause for alarm.” He said, “We spoke to ODM, myself and the Pal Rep [Hon. Denise Charles] and they informed us there’s no cause for alarm.”
“Soufriere right now is normal,” he added. “Earlier on persons made mention of some rumbling and then they saw smoke coming from the area which is the volcanic area, Soufriere hot springs area…I just want to tell persons to stay calm, do not panic…the worst thing to do is to panic it doesn’t help right now,” Jules told Dominica Vibes.
Persons began reporting hearing rumbling and seeing smoke emissions in the area between 5:30 and 6:00 PM according the Jules.