Trinbagonians do not have anything to fear from underwater volcano, Kick ‘Em Jenny, just yet.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) said on Monday that Trinidad and Tobago is not under any threat at this time after elevated activity was recorded between Sunday and Monday, triggering an Orange Alert.
The ODPM said that the volcano is one of the most active in the Eastern Caribbean and as such the University of the West Indies – Seismic Research Centre (UWI SRC) instruments may record increased earthquake activity beneath the volcano during sustained periods.
The agency said on Sunday night a substantial increase in earthquake activity associated with the volcano was recorded.
This information was relayed to the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) in Grenada and the alert level for Kick’em Jenny was increased from Yellow to Orange.
“This Alert Level suggests that there is a highly elevated level of seismic, fumarolic and/or unusual activity. Ships and other marine operators are asked to observe the exclusion zone of 5 km/3.1 miles.”
“Within the last few hours, this earthquake activity has slowed. NaDMA in collaboration with the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center will continue to monitor the activities of Kick em’ Jenny and will update the public as necessary,” the agency said.
The ODPM said it is in constant communication with all key stakeholders on and off-shore, both local and regional, including the UWI SRC, the Strategic Security Agency (SSA), Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs and the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) of Grenada.
The ODPM said it will continue to advise citizens if there is an impending threat in the near future.
The Maritime Services Division will broadcast through the North Post Radio a notice to mariners with marine interests to preserve life and property.
Citizens are also asked to listen to local radio and television stations for further updates if warranted by this situation.
ODPM said the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has been contacted and is on standby to advise vulnerable communities if evacuation becomes necessary.
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