Monday 9 December, 2019

DEM monitoring Kick ‘Em Jenny activity

Disaster emergency officials in Barbados this week assured that they are monitoring increased activity, recorded since Saturday, at the Kick ‘em Jenny underwater volcano near Grenada.

Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, said her department was closely assessing the activity and updates would be issued only as necessary.

“We are monitoring the situation, which has been brought to our attention by the Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad,” Hinds explained in a statement via the Barbados Government Information Service.

In the interim, she reminded the public that any official advisories on the volcano, if necessary, would be issued through the DEM and/or the Barbados Government Information Service.

The National Disaster Management Agency in Grenada is presently collaborating with the Seismic Research Centre to monitor the underwater volcano, which has shown increasing signs of activity since Saturday.

The alert level for the volcano is presently yellow, which means it is restless. However, there are no tsunami watches or warnings in effect for the Caribbean.

The Kick ‘em Jenny volcano was last active in 2015.

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