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

St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago – Monday July 8th, 2024 Water levels at the Boiling Lake, Dominica, have changed significantly during the past few days. This is a phenomenon that has occurred several times in the past but was first recorded in 1876. Changes in water levels at the lake were last observed in March 2024. The current state of the lake shows a large drop in water levels with steam emission from the main vent area now more clearly visible. The observed changes  at the Boiling Lake are not currently considered to be an increase in volcanic activity in the area.

The periods of instability that the lake have exhibited over the last 5 -10 years suggests a new pattern of behavior has been established which consists of frequent cycles of instability. Caution should be exercised when visiting the area during such periods. During these episodes, harmful gases such as carbon dioxide, can be released.  Also, steam explosions may occur since underlying vents that supply water to the lake which may have become blocked are cleared without warning. The UWI-SRC and the ODM – Office of Disaster Management, Dominica continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates accordingly. The UWI-SRC and the ODM – Office of Disaster Management, are the official sources of information on volcanic activity in Dominica.