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Volcano Dome in St Vincent Keeps Growing

The 2020-2021 dome continues to grow laterally within the crater as it circles the old 1979 dome.

According to reports from NEMO St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the new dome continues to grow towards the north-west and south-east with the most active gas emissions being at the top of the new dome, as well as the contact areas between the pre-existing 1979 dome and the 2020-21 dome.

Volcano Dome(January 2021): photo courtesy SVG Nemo

The gases, the report confirmed that is coming from the new dome are acidic and can possibly cause respiratory harm to human beings. They can also possibly cause unconsciousness and difficulty breathing. The gases can also have a corrosive effect on the skin and eyes, even with short exposure.

Volcano Dome(March 2021): photo courtesy SVG Nemo

Although no evacuation order or notice has been issued, NEMO continued to appeal to the public to desist from visiting the La Soufrière Volcano, especially going into the crater, since doing so is extremely dangerous.

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