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La Soufriere Volcano monitoring equipment stolen


The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is making an urgent plea to members of the public not to tamper with, nor remove any equipment that is used to monitor seismic activity at the La Soufriere volcano.{{more}}

This call comes after the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies, on December 27, failed to download data from the Wallibou Seismic Station. The Soufriere Monitoring Unit visited the site and confirmed that a solar panel and charge controller used to power the station had been stolen.

Dr. Richard Robertson, Director of the Seismic Research Centre, says “without this equipment we cannot monitor earthquakes or the volcano as effectively as we would like and this is our real concern, as La Soufriere is a volcano that must be closely monitored at all times.”

NEMO is urging anyone with information on the stolen equipment to contact the Soufriere Monitoring Unit immediately.

“We must remember that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is in a seismically active area and earthquakes can occur at any time and that La Soufriere is an active volcano, hence the seismic stations are there to provide early warnings on any activity at the volcano,” read a statement from NEMO.

The general public can contact NEMO to learn more about earthquake and volcanic hazards.