Volcano warning in effect in Trinidad

The Ministry of National Security Tuesday (Sept. 24) warned nationals and visitors alike to stay away from the mud volcano in Piparo, a village in Central Trinidad on the southern edge of the Central Range.

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Piparo mud volcano in Trinidad (Photo:.cnc3.co.tt)

In a statement, the Ministry said that it had decided to take the action following reports of increased geological activity at the volcano and that National Security agencies have been monitoring the situation and are currently working with key stakeholders to observe ongoing activity at the site.

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Piparo mud volcano threatening to erupt (Photo: The Weather Channel)

Earlier this week, residents reported cracks forming on the Piparo main road which also caused damage to at least one house and that the scent of sulphur was also noted.

“The area is now closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has also increased patrols in the area.

The mud volcano last erupted on February 22, 1997. The eruption covered an area of 2.5 km² and displaced 31 families.