The Alert Level at the La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been raised to Orange.
Orange Level means “Highly elevated level of seismicity or fumarolic activity or both. Eruptions may occur with less than 24 hours notice.”
Increased seismic activity was detected in the dome over the weekend and residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines were warned to stay away from the La Soufriere volcano.
Professor Richard Robertson said earlier on Tuesday that there was minor seismic activity in November.
The activities continued again on December 16 and 23, and on December 27 a NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) satellite detected a hot spot in the crater.
“What the guys discovered, just north of the fumarolic activity, there was an explosion of a black mass of rock from that area, and from what we’ve seen it is steaming,” Professor Robertson said. “From what we’ve seen in our conclusion, there is currently, what we call an effusive eruption where essentially magma is coming slowly out of the earth and building a dome.”
Robertson said further there is not enough data to determine whether it will continue to slowly build or activity will increase to the point where there is an explosive eruption.
However, the UWI-SRC will continue to monitor the situation.