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Point Radix on alert

Trinidad & Tobago
Photo: On the lookout: Shayana Rahim looks through binoculars to view signs of a suspected underwater volcano off Point Radix, Ortoire yesterday.

July 25, 2007
Fishermen and small craft operators have been warned to avoid sailing offshore at Point Radix, Ortoire as emergency agencies investigate reports of an active underwater volcano.

Office of Disaster Prepared-ness and Management (ODPM) CEO Paul Saunders yesterday confirmed the authorities had issued safety warnings for ships and other vessels to exercise caution off the Point Radix coastline. However, Saunders advised that it was too early to say what was the nature of the activity out at sea.
The suspected volcanic activity was discovered some five miles off Point Radix on Monday by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Radio League (TTARL) which immediately notified the ODPM and the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Unit.

'Mud volcano' growing offshore



THE ROILING waters five miles off Trinidad's east coast might be a sign of a mud volcano growing on the ocean floor, belching out methane gas along with a slurry of mud and sediment, experts believe.
Photo: RUMBLING SEA: A pirogue, bottom right, moves past what appears to be the activities of a "mud volcano" off Radix Point, Mayaro yesterday.
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