UWI seismologists concerned about cessation of geothermal activity at Boiling Lake

The Boiling Lake in Dominica continues to exhibit signs of instability, with significant changes in water levels observed in recent days. This phenomenon, which has occurred intermittently since 1876, has raised concerns among seismologists at the Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies about potential blockages in the lake’s underlying vents.

The most recent period of instability was first observed in December 2023. Since then, guides and Forestry officials have reported fluctuating lake levels, with the latest significant drop in water levels occurring on March 29th. On this day, the lake was nearly empty, with little to no water observed.

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre stated in a Facebook post that these changes in water levels and activity at the Boiling Lake are not necessarily indicative of increased volcanic activity in the area. However, during these episodes, harmful gases such as carbon dioxide can be released, and small steam explosions may occur, according to the UWI-SRC.

The seismologists are particularly concerned about the recent cessation of geothermal activity at the lake, which may suggest blockages in the vents feeding into the lake. They said the clearing of these blockages can occur without warning, adding to the unpredictability of the situation.

The UWI-SRC and the ODM – Office of Disaster Management, the official sources of information on volcanic activity in Dominica, continue to monitor the situation closely and say they are working to understand the implications of these changes and to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities.

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  1. E J Nugent Thomas
    April 4, 2024

    In these scary times we are living in lately – Devils Pond or Devils’s Frying Pan, Mourne Diablotain, La Grande Soufrière are landscapes that should not be taken too lightly. There connection to seismic activity is scary hot and bitter, historically speaking. They have all been ‘players’ in magmatic eruptions as a result of earthquakes.

    It would be a posture of arrogance or low-tiered knowledge of history and science to casually wave it off as much to do about nothing. They and others are connected to the abyss of Earth.

    Take an old page from Guadeloupe and SVG. By paying close attention and being proactive tens of thousands of lives and livestock were saved.
    To wave off or negate the concerns of others as – much ado about nothing – tells me or exposes a symptom of arrogance , a low-tiered level in understanding history
    and science and seismology.

    🙏May the Eclipse NOT further influence a Season predicted to cause Raging Storms 🙏

  2. E J Nugent Thomas
    April 3, 2024

    👍 YES 👍 to Dr Rolle’s post.
    “Chigonee(ing) “ is absolutely the correct word applicable as a Doominican. Worldwide human scientists, geologists, and others who study natural resources, Outer Space too have crossed the CREATOR’s Red Line.

    Volcanic feeder pipes or vents are too complex and far reaching deep into the Earth’s core; to mess with creating man-made openings. The little knowledge I know of them (volcanism) tells me it is suicidal for humans to mess with. SVG did no such wild exploration in 1979 and 2020-21. Which other country has a boiling lake? And, sits dab on the [RING of FIRE]

    There have been so many Universal warnings lately that we have crossed into HIS Designs. Inactive Volcanoes waking up, Earthquakes in diverse and familiar places, regular tremors…The arrogance of self-serving, tunnel vision leaders. The consequences can be more catastrophic than clamoring for political, election reform…

  3. Marcel
    April 2, 2024

    Note to Ministry of Tourism. Allu never step out your office or your fancy designer clothes. This is what happens in a volcanically active environment. So how do you feel about your stupid cable car project now?

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  4. Man bite dogs
    April 2, 2024

    Maybe the three wise men Ibo,
    Francisco, and ugly lenny, has the
    answers to what is happening hundreds of feet below ground will put things right have no fear people.

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    • Hello
      April 3, 2024

      @ Man bite dogs
      The people you mentioned attended school. You are a semi illiterate, who can hardly read and write. I am SHOCKED you didnt mention you favourite term a—hole. Such am embarrassment.

  5. Dr. Rolle, Laudat Village
    April 2, 2024

    Those people in power have been bent on chigonee(ing) the boiling lake despite numerous warnings about the dangers.
    From what we understand the drilling for the geothermal project went right below the boiling lake. And it is the source of 2 open vents that have remained opened for the last few years -from where the energy will emanate for a plant that is yet to be built.
    So by observing the rapid shrinking of the lake over the past few months, the question is where does the liquid from the lake go to when the water levels disappear and re-appear so quickly?
    Is this a sign of abnormal volcanic activity?
    This is very concerning to those of us living close to the lake. It is not a joke!
    We are asking the government of Dominica to ensure that proper regional and international bodies are on hand to monitor this situation.
    We do not want to hear empty, verbal political re-assurances.
    What we expect is proper scientific monitoring and briefings from qualified…

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  6. derp
    April 2, 2024

    It will continue to block again and again, unless they start to clear the logs and debris that has built up near the ravine, that also flows into the boiling lake, all they need to do is thoroughly burn the wood and the ashes will dissolve in the boiling lake.

  7. E J Nugent Thomas
    April 2, 2024

    Currently all weird signs of Nature should be taken seriously. VERY! Especially in this leap year with an Eclipse in April.

    The atmosphere and landmasses are geomagnetically loaded or lined up with the potential to behave in very abnormal ways. Since the Moon control the tides. Even the waters deep within the Earth. Expect gravitational pulls in diverse places like aquifers, pools, rivers and even the seas. Currents and flows could be vey unpredictable. Like the for example the Roseau river or any other start flowing backwards. The above layer of the ionosphere too is also subject to manipulation. No one should risk taking a dive or go swimming 🏊‍♀️ in the next few weeks!

    Abnormal Times Are Here! BE WARNED!!


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    • Upsetter
      April 2, 2024

      pie in the sky is a lie! Born in sin and iniquity is worse form of self hate!
      salvation is right here right now!

  8. Clear the Air
    April 2, 2024

    The new aerial tramway will bring tourists to the Bubbling Mudhole.

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  9. April 1, 2024

    Athie Martin has warned all of you that such project is a disaster in the wings. Athie did not waste his mother’s school fees for sure. And Mr. Magloire’s (may his soul rest in peace) prayers will be answered.

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  10. Martin
    April 1, 2024

    Fortunately, we’re constructing a cable car there…..

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  11. E J Nugent Thomas
    April 1, 2024

    Noteworthy is the numerous Raging Storms also in the Atlantic Basin this time around.

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  12. Popping Pop
    April 1, 2024

    Everything is fine in Dominica and nothing will happen. Every individual on the island is a god unto themselves. So if anything happens they are able to save themselves.

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  13. E J Nugent Thomas
    April 1, 2024

    Noteworthy is the numerous Raging Storms also in the Atlantic Basin for 2024.

  14. E J Nugent Thomas
    April 1, 2024

    Once my neighborhood growing up. With baited breadth I will follow this possible phenomena especially this April month of this Leap Year.

    There is so much cataclysmic events carded for the near future everywhere including some areas in the Caribbean. Like dormant volcanoes getting active; and possible rare earthquakes of great intensity, tsunamis and possibly Hell breaking loose .

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    • get a hold of yourself
      April 3, 2024

      Fear is a disease. Stop worrying so much about what the Earth does

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