The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) and the Forestry Division has announced that the Boiling Lake is returning to normal state but is warning that visitors should refrain from visiting the area.
A volcanologist will also be visiting Dominica and will evaluate and take samples from the lake and the Valley of Desolation.
“A visit to the lake last week revealed that it was getting back to its normal state with the water level rising and boiling,” the ODM said on Monday afternoon. “However, the water is of a very dark gray color and the fumes are still very potent.”
Some changes in the physical structure of the crater have also been observed.
“The team also noticed some changes in the physical structure of the crater where either through a process of erosion or soil slippage there is some undermining under the observation area,” the ODM stated.
Visitors are warned to stay away from the lake until further notice.
Dr. Adam Stinton, a volcanologist from the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) which is being run by the Seismic Research Center (SRC) is expected to arrive in Dominica today, Tuesday, December 6 for a 4-day visit. Dr. Stinton will be here to do some evaluation and sampling at the lake and Valley of Desolation areas.
Meanwhile, it is being advised that barriers and proper signage be displayed at the lake for safety reasons.
“The monitoring team has advised that a barrier be erected around the observation area and proper signage be displayed to ensure the safety of visitors to the lake,” the ODM said. “A determination will be made towards the end of the week following the Volcanologist’s visit on the status of the lake vis-à-vis the lifting of the ban on visits to the lake by the general public.”
Recently the site was closed to visitors after changes in water levels were seen and the water in the lake, the second largest of its kind in the world, had turned cold.