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Week of activities being held by NEMO for 34th year since the eruption of La Soufriere


In commemoration of 34 years since the last eruption of La Soufriere, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has partnered with other organizations to present a week of volcanic awareness activities.{{more}}

In a release, the organization said that students in primary and secondary schools in communities that are likely to be impacted by an eruption will be targeted by these activities.

Yesterday, presentations on the volcano and other geological hazards were made at the Fitz Hughes Government School, St Joseph’s Convent Marriaqua, Chateaubelair Government School and Mountain View Academy.

Similar presentations will be made today at the Fancy Government School, Owia Government School, North Union Secondary School and Georgetown Secondary School. A community meeting will be held this afternoon in Chateaubelair.

On Wednesday, the presentation will be made at the Greiggs Government School and a panel discussion will also be held at the NEMO conference room. The release outlined the topics of discussion: “Has vulnerability increased/decreased since then?” and “What are some major considerations for coordination and response to a volcanic eruption today?”

An exhibition will take place on Thursday at the Kingstown Public Library: while an educational field tour of La Soufriere will take place on Friday.

NEMO outlined that although La Soufriere has been quiet for some time, it is still an active volcano and is likely to erupt again. Citizens should know where they are located, as it relates to the volcano and the hazard zones.

It is important that families have an emergency plan to evacuate at short notice.

The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies is responsible for monitoring earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis in the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean and has joined NEMO and the Soufriere Management Unit (SMU) on this initiative.

Tampering with volcano monitoring equipment such as solar panels, may prevent scientists from issuing timely warnings, thereby putting the population at risk.