The effusive eruption at La Soufriere volcano might be quiet, but lead scientist monitoring the eruption, Roderick Stewart, says now is not the time for Vincentians to become complacent as a volcano remains a very dangerous thing.
Speaking during the Round Table Talk on La Soufriere on VC3 last night, Stewart said the new dome continues to extrude lava slowly. “The dome is slowly growing but there is no sign of it either stopping or going into some sort of explosive eruption,” he said.
Stewart explained that it remains a relatively quiet eruption where the done is growing but it continues to pose a hazard. He said as it gets bigger and bigger, the hazards will change.
Even though the volcano has not changed in the last week and not much is happening, Stewart said this is no reason for citizens to become complacent.
“We have been fortunate because some eruptions happen explosively. We are fortunate it has been a quiet eruption so far.
But we have to be prepared, the eruption has not shown signs of slowing down so at some stage we have to expect either explosive activity or if the dome outgrows the existing crater, then we are going to see some flows down valleys around the volcano without explosive activity.
So we should not be complacent, a volcano is a very dangerous thing,” Stewart explained.
He said the authorities are fortunate to have this opportunity to prepare so if these things do occur, they can get people out safely, take appropriate action and live with the volcano.