Current Volcano Activity Compares To 1902 Eruption – Prof. Robertson

Director of The UWI Seismic Research Centre, Prof. Richard Robertson said the present volcanic activity at La Soufrière volcano shows similar patterns to its eruption in 1902. (Photo via UWISRC)

(Barbados Government Information Service Press Release) The current activity from  La Soufrière volcano in St. Vincent and The Grenadines shows similar patterns to its eruption in 1902.

That is according to Director of The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre, Professor Richard Robertson, who shared the comparisons between the current volcano activity and that of the 1902 eruption, during a La Soufrière emergency update (Monday night).

Professor Robertson pointed out that it is still evolving, but at present, the amount of energy and manner in which the volcano is erupting is bigger than the 1979 eruption.

“It is looking like the scale of the eruption is more in tune with what happened in 1902,” he said.

In addition, Professor Robertson stated that in 1902 the explosive component of the eruption went on for up to a year.  

“It didn’t mean you had explosions all the time; you didn’t have explosions every day. But you had days in which you had intense activity, while you had other days, sometimes months in which nothing happened. That’s what happened in 1902 and this one is looking like it’s more like 1902,” he explained.

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