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Kick ‘em Jenny has erupted 12 times since 1939.
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An estimated 40 million Caribbean residents and 22 million annual tourists face a very real and possibly imminent threat of catastrophe, says this article on environmentalgraffiti.com.
According to a recent study by a United Nations conference that analyzed Caribbean earthquake and tsunami risk, around 75 tsunamis are estimated to have claimed 3,500 lives across the Caribbean Basin in the past 500 years.
In the Eastern Caribbean, the major suspect that could generate such a tsunami lies submerged beneath the offshore waters of Grenada and the Grenadines.
Posing at least a 50% chance of generating a significant tsunami over the next 50 years, an underwater volcano named Kick ‘em Jenny is slowly rising from the ocean floor to the surface.
Lurking 590 feet (180 m) below sea level and with a base 3 miles (5 km) in diameter, the colorfully named volcano has erupted 12 times since 1939. During the 1939 event, an eruption cloud shot nearly 900 feet (275 m) above the ocean’s surface during an eruption that lasted for 24 hours, while a 7-foot (2-meter)-high tsunami washed into Grenada and the Grenadines.
Sitting on a “subduction zone”, where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge plate is being pushed beneath the Caribbean plate, Kick ‘em Jenny sits in a highly active seismic area. If a strong tsunami is created, its effects may be felt throughout the entire Eastern Caribbean, across a large swathe of islands stretching from Antigua to the Venezuelan coast, and potentially beyond.
Sooner or later, Kick ‘em Jenny will undergo seismic and volcanic convulsions as it continues its slow journey to the ocean’s surface and claims its place on the Caribbean map.
And contribute to ocean warming, I might add.
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What is Kick ‘em Jenny?
From The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre
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