UWI expert says increased activity at Kick em’ Jenny poses no significant threat
Scientists at the Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies say the heightened activity at the underwater volcano Kick em’ Jenny just off Grenada poses no threat to the coastal regions of Barbados and other nearby islands.
Following an emergency meeting with Grenadian authorities this afternoon, researcher at the Trinidad-based centre Lloyd Lynch said there was no need to move people away from coastlines.
He told the National Emergency Advisory Committee at NaDMA Headquarters that more minor eruptions can be expected before the volcano goes back to sleep.
But he stressed that Kick ’em Jenny remains well below the surface, and there was therefore no threat of a major tsunami.
Earlier today, the Seismic Research Centre issued an orange alert regarding the status of the volcano.
Orange alert means highly elevated level of seismic activity.
Lynch said this was consistent with the recent tremors which occurred just north east of Barbados last week.
The alert also signals that all ships must stay outside the five kilometer exclusion zone of Kick ‘em Jenny.
The UWI researcher explained that the volcano is most dangerous for ships and boats since the gases released by Kick ‘em Jenny can lower the density of the water causing them to sink even if it is not erupting.
The Seismic Centre is constantly monitoring the situation, and should there be a change in the current status, immediate advisories will be issued.
The UWI expert underscored there was no need for panic.