St. Vincent & Grenadines: Stronger quakes suggests volcano could blow — scientist

The increase in earthquakes at La Soufriere could suggest that an explosive eruption could happen soon, the lead scientist monitoring the volcano said on Wednesday.

La Soufriere has been erupting effusively since late December, and a new dome has formed alongside that left inside the crater after the 1979 eruption of the volcano.

On Wednesday, NEMO said that scientists at the Belmont Observatory, near Rose Hall, have noted a change in seismic activity associated with the ongoing eruption of the volcano.

And, speaking Wednesday on VC3, geologist Professor Richard Robertson, the lead scientist monitoring the volcano, said that the scientists had always said that that volcano could continue effusing material for a long time, it could stop effusing material, or it could erupt effusively.

“And one of the things that will drive it to go explosive is fresh material coming in; new material to give it energy,” Robertson said, adding that the earthquakes which began on Tuesday could indicate that fresh magma is trying to make its way to the service.


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