Sunday 20 October, 2019

No eruption, but cracks appear near Piparo Mud Volcano

Heightened volcanic activity reported at Piparo Mud Volcano on Saturday 21, 2019

Heightened volcanic activity reported at Piparo Mud Volcano on Saturday 21, 2019

Residents in Piparo complained about cracks appearing in the road near the Piparo Mud Volcano on Saturday night.

Some villagers said they heard an explosion near the mud volcano around 10:08pm and observed cracks along the roadway.

The Piparo Village Council in a Facebook post also said that stress cracks were seen on a nearby road.

Meanwhile, Princes Town MP Barry Padarath said there was no eruption.

He also indicated that no one was being evacuated as of 11:35pm.

"Residents have complained about cracks appearing in the road, a high sulfur scent in the air and one property has been damaged," the MP said.

He added that the relevant authorities have been engaged to conduct tests and provide assistance to the residents.

Chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation Henry Awong visited the area on Sunday night and provided assistance to the affected residents.

 

And, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management said it has received reports of increased geological activity at the mud volcano.

It noted that no reports of injury have been received, though there are reports of minor damage to property.

Residents who may need assistance or additional information are advised to contact the Disaster Management of their Municipal Corporation.

The 24/7 hotline numbers are:

Couva/Tabaquite/ Talparo Regional Corporation-800 CTTC (2882)

Princes Town Regional Corporation-800 PTRC (7872)

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