ODMs UPDATE ON SOUFRIERE SITUATION SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

ODMs UPDATE ON SOUFRIERE SITUATION SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

The Soufriere area is noted for its hydrothermal activity, which is usually manifested as surface degassing, primarily of steam. The volcanic origin of the soil, in addition to the hydrothermal weathering in the area, has created conditions favouring landslides.

A visit to the area earlier today showed nothing unusual. Thus, there appears to be no cause for panic at this point.

The ODM took photos and drone footage of the area which were provided to the Seismic Research Centre (SRC).

Based on information supplied by the ODM, the SRC team determined that the recent activity in the Soufriere area is likely the result of a landslide in the area, followed by subsequent re-settling of the near surface hydrothermal activity with associated strong steam degassing.

There have been no associated volcanic earthquakes recorded in the area by the SRC network on the island.  The SRC therefore believes that a change in volcanic activity has not contributed to this event.

It is possible that the area may still be unstable and additional landslides may occur with continued steam degassing. The ODM and SRC will continue to monitor the area.

Public access to the area should be limited.