April 9, 2021 will mark one year since the last explosive eruption of the La Soufrière volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), in collaboration with the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center (UWISRC), the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia, will launch a month of activities to commemorate the anniversary and continue to raise awareness of the risk and science associated with the La Soufrière volcano.
This launch will take place today at the National Trust Building in Kingstown. The keynote address will be delivered by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.
Professor Richard Roberson, Geologist, University of the West Indies Earthquake Research Center will also deliver a keynote address with National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Director Michelle Forbes.
The month of activities will include a number of photo exhibits and film caravans in communities in the red, orange, yellow and green volcanic hazard areas, panel discussions with government ministers in key ministries who have actively participated in the coordination of the response following the eruption of the Soufrière volcano, conferences with students from higher education institutions and other activities that target primary and secondary school students.
NEMO staff, subcommittee members and volunteers will also attend Thanksgiving services at various churches across the country on April 9 and 10.