Kick’em Jenny has been steering attention to itself over the past few hours as strong seismic signals were recorded hiking up its alert level to Orange. An orange level alert means that an eruption can occur within 24 hours. According to the UWI Seismic Research Centre, Kick’em Jenny, which is thought to be 180m below the surface of the sea, began showing signs of elevated seismicity (earthquakes) on 11th July and they continue to present. Interestingly, it was just one week ago when major earthquake tremors were being felt in Barbados, however no injuries were reported any rumours about a Tsunami threat, were simply that, rumours.
As the news continues to spread throughout the Caribbean, many persons have been flooding the UWI Seismic Research Centre’s facebook page with questions as to what to do. Should they evacuate and prepare for the worst? Are other nearby islands to be on the alert as well? In an effort to keep concerned residents calm, the centre advised persons as best as they could for the moment until further updates are produced.
Did you know that Kick’ em Jenny is the most frequently active volcano in the region? It has erupted over 12 times since its discovery in 1939. The last time it erupted was in December of 2001 and since then its been fairly calm up until now.
Until further updates are released, residents of Grenada and other neighbouring islands like Barbados, Trinidad and St. Vincent & the Grenadines are keeping a close watch to see if its expected outcome will become a reality. Until then, stay safe and be on the alert!