Saturday 22 February, 2020

Grenada on alert after increased activity from Kick 'em Jenny

Grenada's National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) along with the University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre is monitoring activities of underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny after increased activity was recorded on Saturday.

A report from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre said NaDMA has been advised of increased activities, according to NaDMA's senior information officer, Ruth Jacob-Roberts

"The UWI/SRC recorded a high amplitude signal, lasting about 25 seconds, on one of the Grenada stations. The signal was also recorded on a station in Montserrat."

"This signal follows an increase in the number of background events associated with the Kick-‘em-Jenny volcano."

"Persons from the St. Patrick’s area have reported feeling the quake."

As a result, Grenadians are being asked to stay away from the exclusion zone and to observe all safety protocols.

"In light of the ongoing we are advising all sea users that the 5km (3.1 miles) exclusion zone of Kick ‘em Jenny be strictly observed."

"The SRC has advised that heightened alert is necessary for the exclusion zone."

Grenadians are being told to await further updates from NaDMA.

"The general population is reminded that the official advisories on this matter, and all other disaster related matters will come directly from the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA)."

The population can rest assured that SRC continues to monitor the system and NaDMA NaDMA will continue to liaise with SRC and provide updates."

The UWI Seismic Research Centre is assuring citizens however that there is no tsunami watch or warning at present.

"Recent measurements have indicated that the summit of Kick 'em Jenny is currently too deep beneath the surface of the sea for an eruption to likely trigger a tsunami. There is currently NO tsunami watch or warning for the 29/04/17 Kick 'em Jenny event. Additional information on Kick 'em Jenny may be found on our website," the Centre said.

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