Authorities close Boiling Lake to visitors

Water levels have been changing at the lake. Photo: Facebook
Water levels have been changing at the lake. Photo: Facebook

Authorities at the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) and the Forestry Division have warned residents and visitors alike that they should desist from going to the Boiling Lake with immediate effect.

They also said it has been brought to their attention that people have been swimming in the lake as the water is now cold and they should stop doing so immediately.

The local authorities, together with the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Center of the University of the West Indies, say they have been monitoring a situation at the Boiling Lake for the past few days in which water levels have been changing, a phenomenon that has occurred several times since 1876.

As a matter of fact, they say the phenomenon has taken place seven times in the past recorded history – 1876, 1900, 1901, 1971, 1988, 2004 and recently on November 8, 2016 when visitors to the Boiling Lake reported that it had drained again.

“Scientists at The UWI Seismic Research Centre (SRC) have confirmed that changes in water levels at the Boiling Lake are not necessarily related to increased volcanic activity in the area or to geothermal exploration,” the ODM said on Thursday in a statement. “However, during these episodes, harmful gasses, such as Carbon Dioxide, can be released. Small steam explosions may also occur. The last such occurrence was December 2004 to April 2005.”

Recently photos surfaced of people swimming in the lake, a practice the authorities said should stop immediately.

“It has been brought to the attention of the relevant Authorities that people are swimming in the lake as the water is now cold. People involved in this activity should desist with immediate effect since the water can return to its original boiling state with little or no warning,” the ODM said.

Presently only officials monitoring the lake are allowed to visit the area.

“People should also avoid visiting the immediate area until the activity has subsided. Only officials involved in the monitoring of the Boiling Lake should venture in that area,” the ODM said.

There are photos of people swimming in the lake. Photo: Facebook
There are photos of people swimming in the lake. Photo: Facebook

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49 Comments

  1. Volcano Myth
    November 22, 2016

    The ‘boiling lake’ is not a result of volcanic activity. It is a result of man-made activity – residual chemical waste in an old quarry site.

    For those of you numbnuts who believe in volcanoes and the Tooth Fairy, grow up. You have been fed tall tales from birth.

    Read, learn and survive: http://rosettedelacroix.com/?p=2599

    • sarah
      January 28, 2019

      :( :cry: :-| :-D actually ur wrong

    • Viewsexpressed
      December 14, 2020

      The tone of your response in not one of an intellectual. Attempt to educate people in the Best way that represents your profession. Knowledge and support. We do appreciate I work that you and colleagues are unfertay on our behalf.
      Good luck, keep it up and thanks much for your professional knowledge which represents all of us. We therefore applaud you and your commited fellow workers.
      On behalf of all of us we want you to continue to offer this position that we are aware of what is going on we will adhere to and respect your professional messages.
      We honour that you work to our interest and security. Many thanks for your sery and obvious knowledge. Keep it up. Gods 🙏 Blessings.
      Regards. Wish you all the best and keep up the good work. Thanks much. All the Best. We honour the challenges and work you do on our behalf.

  2. Moon Planter
    November 19, 2016

    Seismologists study earthquakes not volcanoes or volcanic activity. So far no expert volcanologist or geologist has been asked by the authorities to provide an expert opinion. Call me old fashioned, but asking the most appropriate people for advice would seem like the most appropriate thing to do before hitting the panic button. Dominica is regularly visited by geologists and volcanologists, all of whom know far more about the situation here than Trinidad based seismologists. I wish people would do their jobs properly and find out the facts.

  3. The Truth Be Told
    November 18, 2016

    These people must have tested the water and found it cold. Did it not dawn on them that it is a boiling lake which obviously had hot water? Yet they took that chance. Lucky for them that nothing happened to them. They should be interviewed.

  4. JesusSaves
    November 18, 2016

    OK

  5. Tim williams
    November 18, 2016

    I blame Donald Trump ?

    • Calvin
      November 1, 2017

      So do I. I love your great island.

  6. Doc Martin
    November 18, 2016

    The headline should read ‘Two stupid tourists cause authorities to panic and close the entire Boiling Lake trail’. Signage warning people about the nature of the fumarole and to maintain a respectful distance would have been the more measured response. It should be there anyway. Perhaps you should close down all the hot sulphur spas too – just in case ….. And boy, what about all those things they call ‘waterfalls’ – water falling from that height could really hurt someone. And there are 365 rivers that could potentially drown people. How about the sea ? Oh my god, close it down in case someone stands on an urchin or fireworm. As for the roads, well they are all perfectly safe of course. No need to worry there, thankfully.
    Clueless. Totally and utterly clueless.

    • CONFIDENCE
      November 19, 2016

      U are so stupi. u just plain dumb. its peoplelikeu who give governments unnecessary problems when u get injured or killed after being begged to stop acting stupid

  7. Bumbble Lee
    November 18, 2016

    So many tall buildings all around, why don’t these crazy foxes start from the roof? :twisted:

  8. Ben
    November 18, 2016

    This is stupidity beyond compression. Why should anyone take that kind of risk is beyond comprehension

  9. Yes sah!
    November 18, 2016

    That is madness.!!.

  10. How you feeling? hot hot hot
    November 18, 2016

    As the Boiling Lake gets cold… so the Cold Soufriere up north warms :lol: :lol: :lol:

  11. dno sucks
    November 18, 2016

    only a disaster can help da

    • Jack
      November 18, 2016

      You AH

  12. lol
    November 18, 2016

    wow. they must think this is the fountain of youth.

  13. ok
    November 18, 2016

    Hmmm. Well ODM didn’t have to tell me that eh. I not trusting that lake cold business, where de fire go?

  14. LG
    November 18, 2016

    This article explains the dynamics of high temperature crater lakes. However I am not dismissing that they should investigate whether the recent drilling within the area will now be factor in this phenomenon.

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2008JB005773/pdf

    • common sense
      November 18, 2016

      As a matter of fact, they say the phenomenon has taken place seven times in the past recorded history – 1876, 1900, 1901, 1971, 1988, 2004 and recently on November 8, 2016 when visitors to the Boiling Lake reported that it had drained again.The last such occurrence was December 2004 to April 2005.”

      SERIOUSLY DID YOU NOT READ THAT PART? in 1876, 1900, 1901, 1971, 1988, there was no drilling then so why in recent years drilling within the area would now be a factor in this phenomenon? stupes!!

      • LG
        November 18, 2016

        I never said the drilling that was done at Laudat or wherever caused the boiling the to dry. I read the article so I clearly understand that. In fact that was the whole point of the article to dismiss those claims that some people may have. However because the area is of high seismic activity and very unstable it is yet to be seen what effects if any drilling may have in the area in the future. Common sense should have inferred to you that’s what I meant.

      • CONFIDENCE
        November 19, 2016

        amen nice answer i like that

  15. 1979
    November 18, 2016

    Yes DNO thanks for the info….cuz when i saw that pic I was wondering wht the…. was going on…

  16. Jae
    November 18, 2016

    Sigh.. was planning to hike up there next year.. Never been there

  17. Diaspora
    November 18, 2016

    But why people dotish so? What if the water got hot again while they were in it? Each time the lake drains, people start to do foolishness as if they do not know it will fill and boil again.

    • lol
      November 18, 2016

      they wudnt feel the water getting hot. they will jus stay in it…

      • The Truth Be Told
        November 18, 2016

        And boil and cook. In no time they would be stiff as ever. This would be the end of them.

      • CONFIDENCE
        November 19, 2016

        whats ur number?

      • Freelance
        November 20, 2016

        The issue is not the water getting hot and reaching boiling point in seconds as this is unlikely to happen so they were counting on that as a,safety measure but the more serious issue is the explosion of poisonous gases which are odourless and colorless that could be release without any sign or warning which would kill them in an instant that’s the issue so they can count their lucky stars that this was not case someone else may not be so lucky.

  18. Samuel
    November 18, 2016

    Oh man! And I was having such a great time! :(

  19. Independent observer
    November 18, 2016

    Are there signs which explicitly state “no swimming in the lake”?

    • SD
      November 18, 2016

      Yes, this is the world we live in today where we need a sticker on kettles to say “caution, hot water”
      Common sense. It’s “A BOILING LAKE” there are no on and off switches.

    • Peace
      November 18, 2016

      So people need a sign to say don’t swim in the boiling lake? Stupppessssss!! Dotish

  20. travel
    November 18, 2016

    those risk takers playing with mother nature.

  21. Mahaut man
    November 17, 2016

    Maybe the boiling lake got the skiroo stress too, everything in dominica going thru the hard time with skiroo even nature

    • SD
      November 18, 2016

      Is there anything, ANYTHING in Dominica that is not Political? There must be one, I am sure of it.

  22. beautiful lady
    November 17, 2016

    History in the making, world record, ok

  23. star
    November 17, 2016

    world ending.. boiling lake stop boil.. water falls drying up.. what is there for visitors to see now.. oh yeah botanical gardens… tourism is on a rise they said

    • Tjebe fort
      November 18, 2016

      Botanical garden? Boy, that is now an urban rat run and parking place for people working town. Whehn will we get that bypass so the park can be restored to its former glory and visitors charged an entry fee?

    • ddd
      November 18, 2016

      so star can they make the lake boil again can they cause more water to flow at the waterfalls stop being ridiculous

  24. Princess Natari
    November 17, 2016

    These people are doggone ridiculous!!!!
    What will they say and whom will they blame if something happens??
    Damn retards!!!

  25. BEB
    November 17, 2016

    I guess that since people decided to swim in the lake, they are doing this at their own risk

  26. Ideal
    November 17, 2016

    Sign of the times. Is this a warning?

  27. Erickson
    November 17, 2016

    Some people are apparently out to make history by being able to say that they swam in the Boiling Lake. I pray they don’t make history the wrong way. It’s not worth the risk, folks. Stay safe!

  28. Thrilller
    November 17, 2016

    8-O

  29. The Truth Be Told
    November 17, 2016

    The last time the boiling lake dried up, rumblings could be heard/felt in Roseau. These people look like visitors. They do take chances. At least they can say they bathed there but when the water turned cold. Wouldn’t it be something if while bathing in it the water instantaneously turned hot? From now on I hope everyone, especially visitors, pay heed for their safety.
    The boiling lake is beautiful to see and visit but dangerous. Even getting there is dangerous.
    It is a strange phenomenon, from hot to cold and probably back to hot. It once dried up and filled up again with hot water.
    When it is normal, it could boil an egg including your feet and hands if you dare place them in it or slip in it.
    The boiling lake is made up of volcanic action. Who knows what is occurring underneath the water, on its bed and below. Let us hope it is nothing serious and will not evolve into something serious. If it continues I feel that some geologists will flock there.

  30. November 17, 2016

    Warning, Warning, Signs and the Area should be closed, with written signs errected as far as the junction of Valley Road and BathEstate, for would be visitors, planing to visit the area will be warned early, Strange things are happening.

  31. sassie
    November 17, 2016

    thats a bit crazy. sometimes the water can just heat up again.

  32. ArAb
    November 17, 2016

    Is the white river still as white as normal?

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