Alert Level at the La Soufriere volcano lowered to Orange

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Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), Dr. Hon. Ralph Gonsalves has announced that the alert level at the La Soufriere volcano has been lowered from red to orange.

Speaking on NBC Radio this morning, Dr. Gonsalves said, “Yesterday, cabinet formally decided to bring the alert level to orange.”

“…What that means essentially, absolutely you can’t go into the red zone unless you have permission by state authorities… the orange zones, they can go and return,” Gonsalves said, noting that water and electricity utilities have been restored and a lot of ash has been removed from the streets.

The Prime Minister informed that persons can return to the orange zone, with the exception of a section in North Leeward.

“If you are in the lower part of Chateaubelair and Fitz Hughes, we do not want you to go back and we will prevent you from going back there because we haven’t finished the clean up of ash.”

Gonsalves, who is also the Minister of National Security, asserted that persons are not to return to the red zone.

“Absolutely you must not go into the red zone to live,” he said, noting that “it’s still very dangerous… the red zone is out of bounds.”

The UWI Seismic Research Centre on Wednesday (May 5) reported that seismic activity at La Soufrière has remained low since the tremor associated with the explosion and ash venting on 22 April.

The La Soufriere volcano first erupted explosively on April 9, 2021.