Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Underwater Seismic Activity

The Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies (UWI-SRC), St. Augustine, Trinidad has notified authorities in the Eastern Caribbean that there has been heightened seismic activity at Kick ‘Em Jenny, an underwater volcano located in the Southern Grenadines.

The Venezuelan Foundation of Seismological Research (FUNVISIS) advises that any resulting tsunami could occur on the Venezuelan coast within 90 minutes of an eruption.  The volcano’s activity is being closely monitored by the UWI-SRC and further updates will be issued as more information becomes available.

U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local and regional emergency management organizations as well as media in Venezuela for updates on the situation and for information on emergency preparedness.

These include:

The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela is closely monitoring this situation, and strongly encourages U.S. citizens to do so as well. Please share this message with other U.S. citizens who might not have received it.

The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela is closed today, July 24, 2015 in observance of the Venezuelan holiday.  The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela can be reached during regular business hours (M-F, 3 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) by telephone at  +58 212-975-6411.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is 0212-907-8400.