Heavy steaming at La Soufrière, no eruption

By Demion McTair. Updated 4:49 p.m., Saturday, August 14, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

The State-owned NBC Radio, in post today (Saturday, August 14) said that there is no eruption of the La Soufrière volcano.

Several videos emerged on social media from person on the northeastern and northwestern parts of St. Vincent showing what appeared to be a small plume emerging from the volcano.

But, in a Facebook post, NBC radio stated that it “made contact with Professor Richard Robertson, Lead Scientist at the Belmont Volcano [Observatory] and can confirm at this time that there has been no eruption at the La Soufrière Volcano.”

“The activity observed is heavy steaming as a result of heavy rainfall at the Volcano,” the post added.

The last recorded explosive eruption of La Soufrière was on April 22, 2021. Since then, heavy steaming has been a feature at the volcano.

Updated at 5:25 p.m., Saturday, August 14, 2021 by the National Emergency Management Organization – NEMO:

“The La Soufriere volcano is NOT erupting! Heavy steaming is coming from the volcano as a result of the heavy rainfall interacting with the very hot rocks and and gases thus creating steam plumes rising from the crater.

The volcano is NOT erupting. This is the one the effects that can be expected post eruption as materials at the summit can remain extremely hot for weeks to months.”

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