Saint Vincent and the Grenadines yesterday reported new and more intense swarms of Volcano-Tectonic (VT) earthquakes.
The rumbling began at the La Soufrière Volcano at approximately 6:38 am and continued at a fairly constant rate, before declining at approximately 2:00 p.m. Activities, according to an official release by the island’s National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), declined significantly at 4:00 p.m. although small Volcano-Tectonic earthquakes were still being recorded.
The largest Volcano-Tectonic earthquake which was recorded at 2:16 pm registered a magnitude of 3.9 while nine more Volcano-Tectonic earthquakes in the swarm registered magnitudes of 3.0 or more.
The current swarm of Volcano-Tectonic earthquakes have been located at a depth about 6 km below the summit of the La Soufrière Volcano, which is slightly deeper than those recorded between March 23 and 25, 2021 which were located at depths from 3 to 5 km below the summit.
There were several reports of earthquakes being felt in communities close to the La Soufrière Volcano such as Fancy and Chateaubelair.
The National Emergency Management Organisation while reminding the public that no evacuation order or notice has been issued, encouraged residents especially persons living in communities close to the volcano to be prepared in the event that it becomes necessary to evacuate at short notice.
The alert level remains at Orange.