Three members of the UWI-SRC response team Dr Michal Camejo-Harry, Monique Johnson and Garth Mannette are the latest persons to speak on UWI-SRC’s “La Soufriere Today”.
They spoke about their time in St Vincent working on ground deformation, the monitoring network and community preparedness respectively.
Dr Michal Camejo-Harry in particular noted that a reflector was installed on the southwest crater wall of La Soufriere and that the UWI-SRC response team partnered with the island’s Local Lands and Surveys Division to do a number of electronic distance measurements.
She explained that they measured certain points over time to see if there were changes to the integrity of the southwest crater wall.
Camejo-Harry says: “Because the dome is growing against the wall, we would expect changes to occur in the edifice. It may become weaker which could potentially cause collapse.
So we want to be able to forecast if the change is about to occur and would do this by monitoring these changes using the electronic distance measurement. So, if we measure these changes continuously, we will be able to spot if this distance changes over time which would then reflect if the edifice is stable or not and we could inform the authorities how to respond accordingly.”
Meanwhile, Monique Johnson who is also part of the UWI-SRC response team in St Vincent and the Grenadines says this week they will be out in the communities distributing first responder kits and in the event of any eventuality. They hope this will allow people to be better equipped to respond.