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St. Vincent & Grenadines: French helicopter to help with La Soufriere surveillance

A French helicopter will today, Wednesday, assist with surveillance flights to monitor the La Soufriere Volcano, which is in an effusive stage of eruption.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), in its bulletin on Tuesday, said that the aircraft was procured through an arrangement between the governments of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and France, through the Embassy of France to Barbados and the OECS, located in St. Lucia.

The Regional Security System (RSS) aircraft, a fixed-wing aircraft, will also do a surveillance of the volcano today, NEMO said.

Aerial reconnaissance of La Soufriere was done on Tuesday, however thick cloud cover was blocking the view of the new dome.

Also on Tuesday, the team from The Seismic Research Centre, University of the West Indies, in Trinidad (UWI-SRC) led by Vincentian geologist Professor Richard Robertson installed a monitoring station at Wallibou.

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