Statement on La Soufriere hike video

By Admin. Updated 1:17 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

A video submitted yesterday to One News SVG by a usually trusted source, which showed that locals were walking in the crater of the La Soufriere volcano was originally published on social media on October 9, 2017.

One News SVG published a Facebook post yesterday with the caption: “Locals in the crater of an effusively erupting volcano”.

But, an individual with the Instagram account “Get Crowned” made a rebuttal post, providing compelling evidence that the video was not recently published.

The video in question was circulating on social media for a while (including on Whatsapp) before it was shared by One News SVG on our Facebook page.

The post has since been removed from our Facebook page.

The decision to publish the video was due to the trust in the highly respected source that submitted the video and the need to raise awareness among the population to desist from visiting the volcano at this time.

The need to urge persons to desist from visiting the volcano at this time was heightened because of several recent LIVE videos streamed on social media by locals, amid repeated warnings by officials against visiting the volcano.

Experts from the Seismic Research Center of the University of the West Indies and the National Emergency Management Organization – NEMO, have repeatedly urged residents to stay away from the volcano due to an ongoing effusive eruption that officials say began on December 29, 2020.

But, amid those warnings, social media posts have emerged from at least three different individuals: one famous for the line “ah them thing yah me love”.

One News SVG, in the spirit of nobility and humility, expresses regret and shared concern about the posting made on our Facebook page with the recent video. We also remain extremely concerned about the visits to the volcano by locals, as such actions could spark behavioral contagion and spontaneity in others to do the same.

Volcano visits must only be done by the experts qualified to monitor the volcano.

One News SVG urges persons to stay away from the volcano at this time, in keeping with the advice of the professionals.

One News SVG also remains committed to solid journalistic standards and will continue to provide reliable information, as is always the case, from reputable, authoritative, and scholarly sources.

The public can check and verify that our postings on the volcano and other issues have been accurate, responsible, and made within the public interest.

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