No recent volcanic activities in Dominica – scientist

A view of Boiling Lake. Photo credit: relaxinghub.com
A view of Boiling Lake. Photo credit: relaxinghub.com

Volcanologist attached to the UWI Seismic Research Centre, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, Patricia Joseph, has said that there has been no recent volcanic activities in the Dominica.

Patricia was one of a team of scientists in Dominica this week conducting a geothermal chemical monitoring exercise in strategic locations on the island including the Valley of Desolation and the Boiling Lake.

Dominica is one of the volcanically active islands of the Lesser Antilles arc with nine active volcanoes.

The visit, which involved collecting water samples from volcanic regions on the island, was carried out to ensure that nothing abnormal is happening.

Joseph in an interview with the Government Information Service (GIS) on Friday April 12th said her findings did not reveal anything abnormal.

“I didn’t see anything unusual except for the fact that there have been a lot of changes in the Valley of Desolation itself. What I have observed from my last visit is that the intensity of geothermal activity has increased to the south of the valley and it’s decreased on the northern side of the valley,” the scientist revealed.

Joseph noted that these are temporary changes and gave the assurance that the slight activity recorded is normal.

“It’s just water and gases finding new pathways and making things for themselves to surface on the earth,” Joseph said.

The volcanologist believes the current dry season can be attributed to these temporary changes in the Valley of Desolation and Boiling Lake.

Joseph said while there is nothing to be concerned about now, monitoring of Dominica’s volcanoes will continue.

According to the research official the findings will be relayed to the Office of Disaster Management (ODM).

Seismic data confirms that the only volcanic activity recorded on Dominica in historic times was a phreatic (ash) explosion in the Valley of Desolation in January 1880.

This according to scientists was caused by the interaction of ground water and hot magma within the earth’s crust.

Apart the minor event in 1880, there has been no volcanic eruptions in Dominica in historical times.

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11 Comments

  1. Krazy
    April 15, 2013

    it is sleepin, so if anything aggravate it, it will cause another exposion and who know how intense it will be… maybe that’s all why the french team pull out… they don’t wanna be part of something that might be a danger to them… and this lady sayin everything is fine… who she think she foolin by pullin this cover story that skerrit had her read.

  2. April 13, 2013

    Blessings and peace on Dominica, God will protects us from serpents tongues.

  3. Anonymous
    April 13, 2013

    Everything in one hole, this woman was paid to say what she said, with all the volcanic activities happening all over the world, it is very hard for me to believe what this puppet woman is saying, all of them are the same

    She is working on behalf of the government, and will do and say all she can so that the project will continue

    As the saying goes, you can fool some people sometimes, but you cannot fool all the people all the time

    What we have to keep it mind, is the location where skerrit and his troop want to build their so call money tree, also remember that what goes up must come down

    The valley is not the place for that fire trap, in case of an emergency with this money tree, only God knows what will happen to the residents in the valley

    Skerrit need to take his money tree to his home village or somewhere else in the north, if this was anything good with a great prospect he would never put it in the valley, he would find a place in his neighbouring villages to put it

    All the countries that they are mentioning where there are geothermal plant they are in flat area not hill top, for Laudat is way above sea level and building that geothermal plant/money tree trap there, Lord have mercy

    • octo
      April 15, 2013

      “this woman was paid to say what she said,” where is your proof to substatiate your statement? Whilst you have a right to your opinion, when you make these statements, just as you have a right to your opinions, you also have a responsibility to provide proof to your accusations.

      I will venture further to say you have NONE!

  4. li
    April 13, 2013

    That’s good news, Dominicans minds will be at ease
    Thank you Jesus protect you children from these volcanoes.

  5. Choice-X
    April 12, 2013

    Whilst allu pretending everything is safe and sound, france has “suddenly” pull out funding for the project.I smell a rat. :-|

  6. mistory
    April 12, 2013

    You guys can get all can of people,pay them hansomely to say what allyou want the people to belived,meanwhile allyou doing allyou fire dance,chooking the fire,and saying it haven’t erupt for a longtime,remember time is not ours but the maker,don’t anger the maker.

    • Fouchette
      April 15, 2013

      So I take it that you are convinced that this woman would put her reputation on the line for a few dollars. Idiot.

  7. Anonymous
    April 12, 2013

    Put a wall wais hite at the edge of the lake

  8. HigherDanDat!
    April 12, 2013

    God is watching us.

    • true
      April 13, 2013

      …and the rest of the world, so not for once think he is watching DA alone

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