Water level fluctuations at the Boiling Lake, Dominica-March 2024

St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago – Wednesday April 17th, 2024 On 26 March 2024,  the lake was observed to experience a significant drop in water levels, followed by a period of slow draining up to 29 March, when there was little to no water observed in the lake.

Following which, there was some partial refilling of the lake with water levels remaining low and fluctuating somewhat. However, by 8 April 2024, activity increased with water temperatures of 84oC being recorded and visible venting observed.

 

 

As of 11 April 2024, the Boiling Lake’s water level and activity have returned to almost normal conditions.

Increase in water levels 11 April 2024

The observed changes in water levels and activity at the Boiling Lake have occurred in the past and are not necessarily related to increased volcanic activity in the area. Historically, these periods of instability can last for weeks to months before normal activity is fully re-established. During these episodes harmful gases such as Carbon Dioxide, can be released and small steam explosions may also occur. People should, therefore, exercise caution if visiting the Boiling Lake until the activity fully resumes to its normal state.

The UWI-SRC and Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management (ODM) with support from the Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division, are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates as necessary.

Scientific updates on the volcano will be available on The UWI-SRC website (www.uwiseismic.com) and social media platforms (@uwiseismic).

 

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