December 7, 2001

Volcano causes Caribbean quake

                 ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad (Reuters) -- The undersea volcano called "Kick
                 'em Jenny" generated a moderate local earthquake Thursday night as it
                 bubbled near the Caribbean's Lesser Antilles islands, seismologists said

                 There was no immediate word on how far away the earthquake was felt or if there
                 was any damage on land.

                 Kick 'em Jenny is located off the Grenadine islands about 90 miles north of
                 Grenada. Its summit is believed to be about 480 ft (146.3 meters) below the sea's

                 It has been creating small earthquakes and eruptions for five days but appears to be
                 calming down, the Seismic Research Unit of the University of the West Indies said.

                 The latest quake, rated at a magnitude of 2.7, occurred just after 10 p.m. EST and
                 was the culmination of numerous minor earthquakes, the Seismic Research Unit
                 said. There was still a small possibility of a new eruption.

                 "It is almost certain that the eruptions of Tuesday evening have deposited a layer of
                 hot rock around the summit of Kick 'em Jenny. This rock will continue to give off
                 heat for a long time, causing the water around the volcano to be turbulent," the
                 Seismic Research Unit said.

                 Danger to shipping remained and craft were told to keep clear of a three-mile
                 exclusion zone. Nearby islands were still on a state of alert.

                 The volcano cannot be seen or heard until it is in full eruption. The main danger it
                 poses is if its activity triggers a tsunami, or giant wave.

                 This is the first significant activity of Kick 'em Jenny since 1990. The first know
                 eruption was in 1939, which lasted about 24 hours. Watched by a spectators on
                 north Grenada, it threw up a column 900 feet above sea level and triggered tsunami
                 waves. Since then, there have been at least 10 more smaller known eruptions.

                    Copyright 2001 Reuters.