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VOLCANO DOME STILL GROWING, GASES CONTINUE TO AFFECT VEGETATION

The monitoring team visited the La Soufrière Volcano last week for visual observations and a drone survey of the dome. 

In a bulletin published at 8pm on Monday, the National Emergency Management Organisation said visual observations of the inside of the volcano, confirmed that slow dome growth continues.

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The south-eastern front of the dome is now in line with the pre-existing fumarole on the 1979 dome.

The team also visited the hot springs on the Wallibou River for water sampling, gas and temperature measurements. 

The volcano observation team also took measurements of carbon dioxide in the soil along the Wallibou riverbed.

Clear weather conditions at the top of the volcano allowed for aerial photographs to be taken but no new volumes were obtained due to technical problems with the images. 

No new data is available on the gas coming from the volcano.

According to NEMO: “The ongoing outflow of magma onto the crater floor continues with periodic changes in the rate of dome growth.”

Meanwhile, the gas coming from the dome continues to cause damage to vegetation in the hillside areas on the south-western side of the volcano. 

“These gases have become more acidic and have the capacity to cause respiratory harm to human beings which can result in unconsciousness and even asphyxiation. There can also be a corrosive effect on the skin and eyes, even with short exposure,” NEMO said.

The emergency management organisation said because of this, it is imperative that residents avoid site-seeing at the La Soufriere Volcano.

No evacuation order or notice has been issued but NEMO continues to appeal to the public to desist from visiting the La Soufrière Volcano, especially going into the crater, since doing so is extremely dangerous. 

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