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PUBLIC ADVISORY - Update on Volcanic Activity at the Devil’s Woodyard Mud Volcano - Tuesday 13th February, 2018

PUBLIC ADVISORY

Tuesday 13th February, 2018 – 12:05 pm

Update on Volcanic Activity at the Devil’s Woodyard Mud Volcano

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is closely monitoring the volcanic activities at the Devil’s Woodyard Mud Volcano in New Grant, Princes Town.

The Devil’s Woodyard Site is currently active. The first set of reported volcanic activities occurred at approximately 6:00pm on Monday 12th February, 2018.  There were two volcanic eruptions: the first occurred at 4:20 am and another at 8:52 am this morning (Tuesday 13th February, 2018).

To maintain public safety and security, the roadway to the Devil’s Woodyard Site is currently closed to the general public, only local traffic will be allowed into the area. Citizens are advised to avoid the area at this time, as fresh mud and gases continue to secrete from the crater of the volcano.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS), the Senior Disaster Management Coordinator of the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MORDLG) and the Disaster Management Unit of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) are all on site to ensure the safety and security of residents and citizens.

The Disaster Management Unit of the Princes Town Regional Corporation along with the Chairman and other Councillors are on site informing residents of precautionary measures. At this time, no homes or property were affected. However, two temporary shelters were established at the Hindustan Community Complex and Hindustan Community Centre to accommodate any displaced persons if the need arises.

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) are currently on site conducting air and soil testing respectively.

The ODPM is in constant communication with all key stakeholders including the GSTT, UWI Seismic Research Centre, the EMA, MORDLG  inclusive of the Disaster Management Unit of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, TTFS and TTPS.

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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