Volcanoes that have been quiet for decades are rumbling in the Eastern Caribbean Sea, prompting scientists in Martinique, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to issue alarms as they rushed to study activities they said had not been observed for years.
The most recent warning was issued late Tuesday to the La Soufriere volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a series of islands inhabited by 1
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency said that on Tuesday, scientists observed “an explosive eruption inside the crater with visible gas and steam.”
The government warned people living near the volcano to prepare to evacuate when needed, and announced an orange warning, which means that an eruption may occur with less than 24 hours’ notice.
La Soufriere is located near the northern end of the main island of Saint Vincent. The last eruption was in 1979, and the last eruption was in 1902, killing about 1,600 people. That happened shortly before the explosion of Mount Pily in Martinique and destroyed the town of Saint-Pierre, killing more than 30,000 people.
Pilishan is now active again. In early December, due to an earthquake at the foot of the mountain, officials in the Caribbean region of France issued a yellow warning. Fabrice Fontaine of Martinique’s Volcano and Seismic Observatory said that this was the warning issued since the last eruption of the volcano in 1932.
The eastern Caribbean is a long list of active and extinct volcanoes, but Erik Klemetti, a volcanologist at Denison University in Ohio, said that Mount Peili and La Soufriere The activity has nothing to do.
He said: “It’s not like a volcano starts to erupt, other people will erupt too.” “It’s a coincidence.”
He said this activity is evidence that magma is lurking underground and seeping to the surface, although he adds that scientists still don’t know how to control the rate at which this phenomenon occurs.
He said: “The answer is not entirely satisfactory.” “Science is still being studied.”
Klemneti said that in recent years, the most active volcano in the Eastern Caribbean is Soufriere Mountain in Montserrat. The mountain has erupted since 1995, destroying the capital of Plymouth and killing at least 19 people in 1997.
Of the 19 active volcanoes in the Eastern Caribbean, 17 are located on 11 islands, and the remaining 2 are underwater near Grenada, including a volcano called Kick’Em Jenny that has been active in recent years.