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Grenada acting Prime Minister
Elvin Nimrod and researcher from
the Seismic Research Unit of the Uni-
versity of the West Indies, St Augus-
tine, Lloyd Lynch have told residents
in St George s that the underwater
volcano "Kick em Jenny" was not
expected to erupt and was more likely
to "return to sleep."
The unit raised the alert level for
possible eruption to orange yesterday.
The Government Information Serv-
ice, in a release, said an orange alert
meant highly elevated level of seismic
activities consistent with the small
tremors which have been occurring
over the past two weeks.
It said the alert also meant all ships
must stay outside the five-kilometre
exclusion zone of "Kick em Jenny".
There have been increased activity
at the volcano since last week s 6.4
magnitude earthquake closer to neigh-
Nimrod and Lynch spoke with
reporters after an emergency meeting
of the National Disaster Management
Agency (Nadma) at its headquarters
in Grenada yesterday.
Lynch said in Grenada: "What we
expect is that over the next couple of
days you could have a number of other
eruptive episodes. They could be larger,
they could be smaller but based on
the physical configuration of the vol-
cano we know that the likelihood of
this system generating very large explo-
sions which may result in a tsunami,
that possibility is quite remote. "
He quickly added he was "not saying
that it is impossible."
He said the Government would be
advised of all the possibilities as the
volcano was monitored.
Lynch stressed: "From a scientific
standpoint, we are saying that the
possibility of a very large, catastrophic,
damaging eruption is very remote.
"Since that episode that lasted for
about an hour this morning, the system
(volcanic) has ramped down back to
the pre-5.15 (am) level (but) we are
still getting a number of small earth-
He said there were about four
"earthquakes an hour."
Lynch said the system "does not in
its present configuration poses large
scale danger to coastal communities.
Our findings have shown that the
major risk is to the marine community,
boats that ply between Grenada and
He said because of the "increased
level of activity there was now likely
that in an eruption episode the system
may have the capability to throw bal-
listics within an area of about 1.5 to
He said that area "should be avoid-
ed" as the sailing public could be at
According to Lynch, the undersea
volcano remained well below the sur-
face which cancelled any threat of a
Nimrod said there was no need for
Grenadians to panic.
"We are appealing to everyone to
go about your business, be calm, be
watchful but we believe for now we
are safe," the acting Prime Minister
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Less than two hours after the Office of Disaster
Preparedness and Management (ODPM) issued a
release assuring T&T was not under any threat from
the volcanic activity being displayed by underwater
volcano "Kick em Jenny" which is located off the
coast of Grenada, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency
Management Agency (CDEMA) raised the alert level
It represents a highly elevated level of seismic and/or
fumarolic activity or other unusual activity, with eruption
possibly beginning with less than 24 hours notice.
In its first information note at 3.02 pm, CDEMA
said between 1.25 am and 3 am yesterday, "a strong
continuous signal was observed on instruments mon-
itoring the Kick em Jenny submarine volcano."
Stating that signs of elevated seismic activity began
on July 11 and had continued to present, officials said
during that time, more than 200 micro and small
earthquakes of varying magnitudes had been recorded,
while divers off Grenada s west coast at Moliniere
Sculpture Park also observed degassing.
Officials in Grenada yesterday confirmed that several
parts of the island had been evacuated, while nurseries
and businesses in Barbados closed their doors early.
Emergency shelters have also been activated in both
CDEMA officials said the pattern of eruptions fol-
lowed past occurrences because since 1935 the volcano
has erupted in a similar fashion every ten years, with
the latest eruption occurring in 2001.
In a release, CDEMA wrote: "It is therefore anticipated
that the eruptions will not reach the surface. However,
the potential exists. The greatest threat is to shipping
at this time. However, civil authorities and the public
should be on alert."
T&T not under threat---ODPM
'Kick 'em Jenny' in increased activity
Grenada on alert
T&T's Machel Cedenio, left, takes silver in the finals of the men's 400 metre
run at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada last evening. At right is
Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, who won the race. AP PHOTO
Placing radio stations in Grenada, St Vincent, Bar-
bados and T&T on alert, CDEMA also urged vulnerable
communities to implement evacuation routes and
ensure transport was available at short notice.
Meanwhile, they urged ships and other sea-going
persons to stay outside the first exclusion zone which
was 1.5 km from the volcano s summit.
While Communications Minister Vasant Bharath
was unavailable, officials from his communications
unit confirmed the National Operations Centre (NOC)
was co-ordinating local efforts and liaising with regional
counterparts relating to emergency measures and prepa-
Calls to ODPM head Dr Stephen Ramroop also went
During a press conference in Barbados yesterday,
director of that country s Seismic Research Centre, Dr
Richard Robinson, said a scientist had been sent to
Grenada to strengthen the seismic monitoring instru-
The Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) has also
been placed on alert.
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