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
was any damage on land.
Kick 'em Jenny is located off the Grenadine islands about 90 miles north
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.
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
poses is if its activity triggers a tsunami, or giant wave.
This is the first significant activity of Kick 'em Jenny since 1990. The
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.
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