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Public Advisory - ODPM confirms sighting of Sargassum Seaweed and Mud Volcanic Activity - Tuesday 13th February, 2018

PUBLIC ADVISORY

Tuesday 13th February, 2018 – 9:00 am

ODPM confirms sighting of Sargassum Seaweed and Mud Volcanic Activity

 

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has received notification of the following incidents:

1.    Sighting of Sargassum Seaweed on Mayaro Coastline

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management has received confirmed reports that significant quantities of Sargassum seaweed have been observed off the south eastern coast of Trinidad, mainly on the Mayaro Beach.   

Sargassum is a genus of large brown seaweed (a type of algae) that floats in island-like masses. Sargassum seaweed has a strong odour and insects may be present. However, Sargassum seeweed does not sting or irritate skin, nor is the odour toxic.

Citizens, tourists and all marine interests are urged to be vigilant and exercise caution when on the nation’s beaches and venturing out to sea. The relevant authorities are monitoring the situation and will issue further advisories as necessary.

  1. Volcanic Activity at the Devil’s Woodyard Mud Volcano

 

The ODPM has received a confirmed report of volcanic activities at the Devil’s Woodyard Mud Volcano in New Grant, Princes Town.

The ODPM, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT), UWI Seismic Research Centre and the Princes Town Regional Corporation are closely monitoring the incident.

Presently, the EMA is mobilizing a team to visit the site to conduct air testing in the area. Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) and Police Service (TTPS) are on site to maintain public safety and security.    

The ODPM is in constant communication with all key stakeholders including the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT), UWI Seismic Research Centre, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), Ministry of Rural and Local Government (MORLG) inclusive of the Princes Town and Mayaro/ Rio Claro Regional Corporation.

The ODPM reminds all citizens that if they have any questions or concerns to please contact our Customer Care Centre at 511 and visit our website www.odpm.gov.tt for further updates.

 

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ENDS

Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com

For further information, please Call:

ODPM’s Customer Call Centre 511/ TEMA’s Hotline 211

 

 

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