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Rumblings at Kick em’ Jenny prompts alert
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) yesterday put T&T citizens on alert after authorities in Grenada were told of elevated activity at Kick em’ Jenny, one of the most active volcanoes in the Eastern Caribbean.
In a release, the ODPM said a substantial increase in earthquake activity associated with the volcano was recorded overnight Sunday by the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Unit. This information was relayed to the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) in Grenada and the alert level for Kick em Jenny was increased from yellow to orange yesterday, the ODPM said.
It said the orange alert suggests there is a highly elevated level of seismic, fumarolic and/or unusual activity and ships and other marine operators will be asked to stay out of the island’s exclusion zone of 5 km/3.1 miles.
The ODPM release noted that earthquake had slowed yesterday evening, but said the NaDMA and the Seismic Research Center would continue to monitor the activities of Kick em’ Jenny and update the public as necessary. A release from the NaDMA added that an eruption may begin with less than 24 hours notice during a period of alert, but noted there was no tsunami advisory for T&T or other parts of the region at the moment.
The ODPM also noted that T&T is not under any threat at this time, but said it will maintain communication with all stakeholders and alert the public if this becomes necessary. It said the public can refer to the NaDMA, UWI SRC and ODPM social media pages for more information on the volcano.
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