Grenada: High seismic activity at Kick ’em Jenny submarine volcano

Grenada: High seismic activity at Kick ’em Jenny submarine volcano

The alert level for the Kick ’em Jenny Submarine Volcano remains at yellow after a recent increase in seismic activity.

In a statement, Grenada’s National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) said it had been advised by the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center (UWI SRC) that the spike in seismic activity began on February 9 at 11:14pm and is continuing.

The largest seismic activity was a magnitude 3.3 on February 10, with reports of these events emerging in northern Grenada.

She said the UWI SRC would continue to monitor the submarine volcano and provide updated analyzes of the situation. NaDMA said there are currently four fully operational seismic stations in northern Grenada monitoring Kick ’em Jenny.

NaDMA recently facilitated the upgrade of its five 24/7 Kick ’em Jenny monitoring stations. (Image: NaDMA)

Based on information from the UWI SRC, the alert level for Kick ’em Jenny remains at level yellow. This means that all maritime interests must maintain the 1.5 km exclusion zone.

NaDMA said it will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.

Depending on the Kick ’em Jenny submarine volcano alert level: yellow means the volcano is disturbed; Seismic activity, fumarolic activity or both are above the historical level at this volcano or other unusual activity has been observed (this activity will be determined at the time the alert level is raised).

According to information from the UWI SRC, Kick ’em-Jenny is located about 8 km north of Grenada and is the only known “living” submerged volcano in the eastern Caribbean.

NaDMA recently facilitated the upgrade of its five 24/7 Kick ’em Jenny monitoring stations in Grenada, Carriacou and Sisters Island.

Meanwhile, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) said it had been informed of increased seismic activities at Keck-im-Jenne. NEMO noted that these activities are in no way related to the La Soufrière volcano.

NEMO said all mariners are required to strictly observe the 1.5 km exclusion zone, and residents of the Southern Grenadines must monitor releases issued by the Government of Grenada, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), and the UWI Seismic Research Center (UWI SRC).

NEMO added that it will continue to update the public on activities at the Kick ’em Jenny submarine volcano.

She also recalled that official warnings about Kick ’em Jenny are under the authority of the Government of Grenada through the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA).

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