DRONE FOOTAGE: Mud volcano at Devil's Woodyard erupts, residents cautioned

The mud volcano at The Devils Woodyard in New Grant has erupted.

The Princes Town Disaster Management Unit says the received reports of volcanic activity around 6:00 pm on Monday.

Villagers say they heard a loud rumbling around 4:00 am that lasted for several minutes.

According to the ODPM, there were two volcanic eruptions: the first occurred at 4:20 am and another at 8:52 am this morning (Tuesday 13th February 2018).

To maintain public safety and security, the roadway to the Devil’s Woodyard Site is currently closed to the general public, only local traffic will be allowed into the area. Citizens are advised to avoid the area at this time, as fresh mud and gases continue to secrete from the crater of the volcano.

 The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS), the Chief Disaster Management Coordinator of the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and the Disaster Management Unit (MORLG) of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) are all on site to ensure the safety and security of residents and citizens.

The Disaster Management Unit of the Princes Town Regional Corporation along with the Chairman and other Councillors are on site informing residents of precautionary measures.

At this time, no homes or property were affected. 

However, two temporary shelters were established at the Hindustan Community Complex and Hindustan Community Centre to accommodate any displaced persons if the need arises.

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) are currently on site conducting air and soil testing respectively.

The ODPM is in constant communication with all key stakeholders including the GSTT, UWI Seismic Research Centre, the EMA, MORLG  inclusive of the Disaster Management Unit of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, TTFS and TTPS.

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