Barbados' Kick ‘em Jenny underwater volcano, which is also located near Grenada, is being monitored as a resulted of heightened activity.
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The alert level of the volcano has been raised from yellow to orange, but poses no imminent danger to the region, according to the Department of Emergency Management (DEM). Yesterday, Trinidad and Tobago's Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) issued a warning to their citizens following the volcano's alert level being raised.
Kerry Hinds, who is director of the DEM, stressed that there is no indication of immediate danger to Barbados or the region, adding that all official advisories will be issued by her organization and the Barbados Government Information Service.
“We are monitoring the situation, which has been brought to our attention by the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad,” she stated. Hinds urged ships and marine operators to maintain a 5-kilometer radius from the volcano, which is on a shipping route from St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Grenada.
ODPM noted that Trinidad and Tobago is not under any threat at this time. Hinds added that there was no current tsunami threats.
The Grenada National Disaster Management Agency is also monitoring the volcano, which has been experiencing increased activity since Saturday. Kick em’ Jenny, one of the most active volcanoes in the Eastern Caribbean.
An orange alert means that there are elevated levels of seismic and or fumarolic activity or other general unusual activity, and eruptions could begin within 24 hours.