Thursday 21 November, 2019

Yellow alert in Grenada after earthquake recorded near Kick'em Jenny

A yellow alert has been issued for Grenada after a series of seismic activity was recorded near the Kick'em Jenny volcano earlier this week.

The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) said in an update on Tuesday that seafarers have been warned to stay at least 1.5 kilometres away from the area.

NaDMA said the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center (UWI SRC) reported high levels of seismicity at the Kick em’ Jenny Volcano since September 30, 2018.

The agency said the largest of these events occurred on Monday morning at 3:24 am, 3:35 am and 3:56 am (local time) with magnitudes 3.5, 3.5 and 3.3 respectively.

The UWI SRC is currently analyzing the data and will update further after complete processing.

NaDMA warned all persons with marine interest and the general public that the threat level remains at YELLOW – which means that the exclusion zone of 1.5 kilometres must continue to be observed.

NaDMA said it, in collaboration with the UWI SRC,  will continue to monitor, update and inform as necessary.

(Photo: a 3.3 earthquake was recorded near Kick'em Jenny on October 1, 2018.)

On October 1, a magnitude 3.3 earthquake was recorded near Grenada’s north coast near the site of the active underwater volcano, just 28 kilometres north-east of Grenada’s capital, St Georges.

Kick 'em Jenny is a submarine volcano located eight kilometres north of Grenada and is the only 'live' (likely to erupt again) submarine volcano in the Eastern Caribbean.

It is also the most frequently active volcano in the region, erupting at least 14 times since it was discovered in 1939.

The most recent eruption of Kick 'em Jenny occurred in April 2017.

 

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