In a press release today, from the office of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Government pledged support to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines due to ongoing volcanic activity happening at La Soufriere in the northern interior of that island.
The government raised the alert level to Orange after steam, gas and a volcanic dome were seen at the volcano. La Soufrière last erupted in April 1979 spewing molten rock and ash thousands of feet into the sky, some of which landed on parts of Saint Lucia.Government of Saint Lucia Pledges Support to St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet was one of the OECS participants in an emergency Zoom meeting held December 31 st 2020 to discuss the likely response to an eruption in our sister isle.
In early December, authorities in Martinique, to the north of Saint Lucia, issued a yellow alert due to seismic activity under Mount Pelée for the first time since the volcano last erupted in 1932.
“We are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst”
At the emergency meeting Prime Minister Chastanet said, “We are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.” He went on to say, “Governments throughout the region are leaning on these authorities to help make informed contingency plans should there be an eruption. As a country, we also must factor in how this can affect us domestically. As a Nation we are preparing and working very closely with our NEMO and The Caribbean
Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) the inter-governmental
agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).”
The OECS Authority continues to monitor the situation.