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VOLCANIC GAS PLUME ACIDIC, CAN RENDER ONE UNCONSCIOUS

Vincentians have been warned that the gases within the plume coming from the dome at La Soufriere volcano is more acidic and can cause respiratory harm to human beings. It also has the potential to render one unconscious.  

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The gases can also have a corrosive effect on skin and eyes, even with short exposure. 

In its latest update, NEMO says over the weekend the monitoring team did a walk-through along the west coast downwind of the volcano to test for volcanic gas.  

Measurements of carbon dioxide in the soil was also done along the lower parts of the western sides of the volcano. Satellite images of the crater from March 7, indicates that the dome continues to grow however no clear ground deformation signals have been obtained from the cGPS network.  

It was also noted that no sulphur dioxide was detected during the investigation done by boat along the west (Leeward) coast. 

The processing of data collected from the Wallibou hot springs last week indicated that there is no magmatic signature in the gases detected. The water samples have been dispatched to the United States for analysis. 

NEMO is reminding the public that no evacuation order or notice has been issued. It 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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