Update on Volcanic Activity at Devil's Woodyard

The UWI Seismic Research Centre has declared the Devil’s Woodyard Site as dormant.

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 following three (3) confirmed eruptions. The eruptions resulted in mud spewing out approximately 100 metres in width and 6 metres in height.

After continuous assessments of the site this afternoon, the UWI Seismic Research Centre has declared the Devil’s Woodyard Site as dormant.

Eight (8) families with a total of forty (40) persons were initially evacuated from the eastern side of the site.  The UWI Seismic Research Centre and the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) are on site conducting assessments. UWI Seismic Research Centre has indicated that the flammability level is low. The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) conducted air quality tests and has found no increased toxicity in the area.Therefore, affected residents would be allowed to return to their homes.

The ODPM has received no reports of injury or structural damage to property at this time. To maintain public safety and security, the Hindustan Road in New Grant will remain closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic except to persons who reside in the area. Citizens and tourists are advised to avoid visiting the area until there is official word by the relevant authorities.

The ODPM, the Municipal Police of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, 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 closely monitoring the site to ensure the safety and security of residents and citizens.

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 information.

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