A submarine volcano north of Grenada may be about to erupt, but it does not pose a tsunami threat to the region, scientists said on Tuesday.
The Seismic Research Center of the University of the West Indies indicated that the main threat of the submarine volcano, known as Kick ’em Jenny, is for navigation. All vessels were instructed to respect an exclusion zone of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) around the volcano.
The center increased its alert level from yellow to orange on Tuesday in the midst of a “substantial” increase in seismic activity. He noted that a rash could occur with less than 24 hours’ notice.
The volcano is 200 meters (660 feet) below the surface. It has erupted at least a dozen times since the 1930s, but it has not caused any known death or injury.
Kick ’em Jenny is an active submarine volcano or seamount on the Caribbean Sea floor, located 8 km north of the island of Grenada and about 8 km west of Ronde Island in the Grenadine.
Last eruption: July 2015
Volcanic arc/chain: Lesser Antilles Volcanic Arc
Summit depth: −185 m (−607 ft)
Height: 1,300 m (4,265 ft)