Dominica: Visits to boiling lake should be avoided, says ODM

Significant water level variations at Boiling Lake aren't a new occurrence; they've happened multiple times since 1876.

The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) has been told by the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI SRC) that the water level and geothermal activity (heat and gas emissions) at the Boiling Lake have drastically dropped as of February 2nd, 2022. The changes seen at Boiling Lake aren’t always linked to the area’s heightened volcanic activity.

The current era of considerable activity developments in the lake started in November 2021. Significant water level variations at Boiling Lake aren’t a new occurrence; they’ve happened multiple times since 1876. According to sources, the lake levels have dipped substantially in the past and have been recovered at least eight (8) times. The last time the lake was drained was on November 8, 2016, and the lake was back to normal by January 10, 2017.

Dominica Boiling Lake
Dominica Boiling Lake

Be aware that these periods of instability can last anywhere from weeks to months before returning to normal activity. The potential of hazardous gases such as carbon dioxide and tiny steam explosions is increasing as the current episode continues.

The ODM is encouraging the public to maintain their composure. At this time, visits to the Boiling Lake should be avoided unless they have been allowed by the appropriate authorities. The public is encouraged to stay informed about information provided by authorities.

The UWI-SRC and the Office of Disaster Management will continue to monitor the situation and give updates as needed, with assistance from the Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division.