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St Vincent volcano calms

Regional 31 May, 2021 Follow News

St Vincent’s La Soufriere has calmed down but is still active

St Vincent’s La Soufriere volcano is still very active but has calmed in recent weeks.

Over 16,000 people - roughly 40 percent of the total population - were evacuated off the island, and many more were displaced from their homes, principally towards the southern portion of St Vincent.

Six weeks since the last eruption, the volcano continues at seismic unrest.

A volcanologist, Dr Adam Stinton from the Belmont Observatory, said: “Since Friday 21 May, there have been a handful of earthquakes, just around 20-25. None of the earthquakes are large enough to be felt at the moment; the average per day is about 10-15 since the last explosion on April 22.”

A near-constant gas and steam venting continues from the summit crater. Satellite-based images confirmed that no actively growing lava dome appears within the summit crater and there is no indication that the volcano will return to a dome growing phase again.

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