Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite, acting director of Disaster Emergency Management Kerry Hinds and Dr Lorna Inniss the Coastal Zone Management Unit are addressing the media.
They are providing an update on the island’s emergency response to Kick ’em Jenny volcano which has shown increased activity, and the alert level has been increased to orange.
Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite gave a brief address about the readiness of the island’s emergency management systems.
Does not want misinformation going into the public… nor panic.
A general statement will be circulated regarding what an orange alert means
He said they are on alert after the change in activity around Kick ‘em Jenny.
They had an assessment meeting.
Dr Lorna Inniss:
Won’t be surprised if the recent earthquake activity is linked to activity at the volcano
There are two under sea volcanoes, Kick ‘em Jenny is largest and Jack is the other.
An observatory is set up to monitor activity in Grenada and send info to Seismic Unit and others in regions.
Tsunamis mainly triggered by earthquakes not volcanoes
Barbados is not under a tsunami alert.
The Kick ‘em Jenny dome is underwater. As it gets closer to the surface, that is when the likelihood of a tsunami develops.
The likelihood is low at this time.
Emergency management systems are always being reviewed.
More messages will be sent to the public as needed.
This is a reminder to always being prepared.
Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite says there is no need to panic.
There was an orange alert in 2001, but they must stress preparedness.
They are in contact with the Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad and Tobago. …
Dr Lorna Inniss said they have spoken to mariners about the exclusive zones.
The warning will come if it changes to red.
The Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite says they will be monitoring the situation closely over the next 24 hours.
The public will be kept updated.
The press briefing came to a close. (CM)