New swarm of Earthquakes, heavy rumblings felt near La Soufriere volcano

By Admin. Updated 11:51 a.m. Monday, April 5, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

A swarm of volcano-tectonic earthquakes was felt today, Monday, April 5, 2021, the National Emergency Management Organization – NEMO confirmed in a release.

Before the release from NEMO on Monday, residents in the northeastern and northwestern parts of St. Vincent took to social media to report the continuously felt earthquakes and rumblings at the volcano from as early as 7:00 a.m. on Monday.

In its release, NEMO said a new swarm of Volcano-Tectonic (VT) earthquakes began at the La Soufriere Volcano at 6:38 a.m. today. The numbers and magnitudes of these earthquakes increased until about 8:30 a.m., after which they continued at a fairly steady rate.

NEMO said the largest of the earthquakes was recorded at 9:20 a.m. and had a magnitude of 3.5. NEMO said the quake, along with others, was felt by residents living close to the volcano.

The swarm of Volcano-Tectonic (VT) earthquakes has been located at a depth around 6 km below the summit of La Soufriere. This is slightly deeper than the VT earthquakes recorded on March 22 and 25, which were located at 3 to 5 km in depth.

La Soufriere began erupting effusively on or about December 29, 2020, and remains in a effusively erupting state.

Experts have said, however, that the effusive eruption can turn into a dangerous explosive eruption with little warning.

Residents in the red and orange zones are asked to be vigilant.

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