Caribbean on alert over underwater volcano activity

San Juan, July 24 (IANS/EFE) The Seismic Research Center of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago issued an alert about elevated activity at Kick ’em-Jenny, an underwater volcano located near <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The volcano erupts approximately every 11 years, centre seismologist Joan Latchman told EFE on <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Thursday in a telephonic interview, adding that the most recent eruption was in 2001.

Kick’em-Jenny is located some 9 kilometres north-west of <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Grenada and about the same <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>distance from Ronde island in the Grenadines.

The UWI Center detected a 3.0 magnitude seismic event at the volcano early <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Thursday.

“If you are by the coast, you have to listen to the emergency advisories,” Latchman said, adding that the seismic movement caused by a strong eruption could lead to a tsunami.

Kick ’em-Jenny’s largest eruption to date was registered in July 1939, when volcanic ash and gas reached the ocean surface and a series of tsunamis <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>brought waves 2 metres high to the coasts of nearby islands.



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