Wednesday 19 February, 2020

‘Increased activities’ Alert At Kick Em Jenny

Activities at active submarine volcano Kick ‘em Jenny remain under watch by the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) in collaboration with the Seismic Research Centre (SRC), University of the West Indies.

This, as increased activity and felt reports came on Saturday.  

While the SRC says it will continue to monitor and update as activity warrants, a Yellow alert level has been implemented.

A Yellow alert level means that vessels should observe a 1.5 km/0.93 mile exclusion zone. However, as a precautionary measure, the marine community is advised to continue observing the 5 km/3.1 mile exclusion zone.

The heightened alert is necessary for the exclusion zone, the SRC advised.

Historically, volcanic episodes at Kick em’ Jenny consist of several eruptions lasting over several days before returning to repose, so further eruptions should be expected in this episode.

The SRC says it would be useful for those in coastal areas to be on the lookout for unusual material that might be ejected from Saturday’s eruption.

The NaDMA, which took the opportunity to remind the public that official advisories will come directly from the Agency, urged responsible use of social media.

The SRC continues to monitor the system and NaDMA will continue to liaise with the SRC to provide updates.

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