Residents react to Kick ‘em Jenny

There was a mix of calm and anxiety today by persons residing along the Barbados coastline, as word spread of increased activity by the underwater volcano, Kick ‘em Jenny.

Barbados TODAY spoke to a number of residents who expressed a range of emotions, from fear to concern to nonchalance.

Six Men’s, St Peter resident Melissa Alleyne was ready to flee at a moment’s notice, even though the threat was deemed not potentially dangerous by the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre.

She said she was concerned about her safety and that of her three-year-old daughter.

“I done got my bags packed . . .  I just waiting it out and see,” said the young mother, who complained about the impromptu response from the authorities.

“They take too long to let you know what’s going on and then when you do find out, you [hear] all kinds of stories  . . . you gotta go and dig up now to find out what really going on.

“How down here is set up, we can’t even run backwards. We gotta run side and den up and then to the other side and den up . . . there is no way out for us, ” the north coast resident said.

Her mother, Esther Bolden, said she was extremely worried about the situation, not being aware of all the details.

“Here I am at work. I ain’t gine get home til the morning.

“What gine happen if it come in the night and we all sleeping? What we going to do?  Somebody need to tell us what to do,” exclaimed Bolden.

Unlike the Six Men’s family,  veteran fisherman R.Broomes was calm, explaining that he did not believe the volcano would impact Barbados.

“For that to affect us, it would have to be a very massive earthquake,” said the fisherman, who  also called on Barbadians to be cautious.

“I won’t tell you that you shouldn’t be careful or on the look-out, but I don’t see that as a serious threat so far. I’d be careful . . . you can’t take chances. You just do what you have to do,” he said.

Retired fisherman Frank McClean told Barbados TODAY he hoped for the best, and suggested that those at sea should be fine once they carried the necessary equipment.   

Meantime, other fishermen like Basil Gibbons were unaware of what was going on.

“I didn’t know nothing about the volcano, nothing”, he remarked, acknowledging the first time he heard about it was when the Barbados TODAY team approached him. If something were to occur “and the sea was welling up,” he said, “I would clear up from which side I live and up top the hill”

Ian Chandler, who lives close to Paynes Bay, said the  threat of a tsunami did not rattle him.

“There is nothing we can do about it,” he said.

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