NEMO Commemorates the 34th Anniversary of the Eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano

Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, April 12, 2013 (NEMO) - April 13th marks 34 years since the last eruption of the La Soufriere volcano, and the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) will be joined by the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of The University of the West Indies and the Soufriere Monitoring Unit (SMU) to commemorate the anniversary and to raise awareness of the risk and science associated with an active volcano. This year, NEMO will be targeting primary and secondary school students in communities likely to be impacted by an eruption of La Soufriere. A community meeting will also be held in Chateaubelair on Tuesday evening.

Although La Soufriere has been quiet for some time, it is still an active volcano and will erupt again. Citizens should know where they live in relation to the volcano and in which hazard zone they are located. The 1979 eruption demonstrated that the volcano can move from unrest to full scale eruption within 48 hours, a reminder of the importance of having a family emergency plan so that families can evacuate at short notice.

This year the UWI Seismic Research Centre, the agency responsible for monitoring earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis in the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean, also celebrates 60 years of continued service to the region. Scientists at the UWI-SRC are constantly monitoring La Soufriere and any changes in activity are immediately communicated to NEMO and SMU. Tampering with volcano monitoring equipment such as solar panels, may prevent scientists from issuing timely warnings, thereby putting the population at risk.


Monday 15th April, 2013 – Presentations on volcano and other Geological Hazards

10:00 am – 11:50 am - Grade 5 students, Fitz Hughes Government School

9:15 am – 10:15 am - Marriaqua Convent School (Form 4 Geography Students)

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm - Grade 5 students, Chateaubelair Government School

1:30 pm. - 2:50 pm - Mountain View Academy (Form 4 Geography Students)

Tuesday 16th April, 2013- – Presentations on volcano and other Geological Hazards

9: 15 am - 10:35 am- Fancy Government School

1:30 pm - 2: 50pm -Owia Government School (Form 4 Geography Students)

10:00 am - 11:50am - North Union Secondary School - (Form 4 Geography Students)

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm Georgetown Secondary School - (Form 4 Geography Students)

6:00 pm – Community meeting - Chateaubelair

Wednesday 17th April, 2013

1:00 pm - Presentations on geological hazards and conduct Earthquake drill at Greggs Government School

8:00 pm - Panel discussion at NEMO's Conference Room

The topic for discussion is:

What are the major changes that have taken place in areas close to La Soufriere volcano (North of North Union and north of Layou) since the volcano last erupted in 1979?

  • Has vulnerability increased/decreased since then?
  • What are some major considerations for coordination and response to a volcanic eruption today?

Thursday 18th April, 2013- Exhibition at the Kingstown Public Library

Friday 19th April, 2013 – Educational Field Tour – La Soufriere volcano

National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO)
Ministry of National Security
Old Montrose
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Tel: 784-456-2975
Fax: 784-457-1691
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CDEMA Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael Tel: (246) 434-4880, Fax: (246) 271-3660
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