Officials Restrict Access to Boiling Lake
Disaster Management officials are urging the public not to visit the boiling lake until further notice.
This as the lake has currently lost its boiling characteristics and the water has been cold the past few days.
A picture surfaced on social media this week showing tourists swimming in the lake.
This phenomena has occurred before and officials are warming that the lake could return to its boiling state with little or no warning.
The Office of Disaster Management in conjunction with the Forestry Division and the Trinidad based Seismic Research Center of the University of the West Indies has been monitoring the situation at the Boiling Lake for the past few days.
Water levels at the boiling lake have been changing in recent days, a phenomenon that has occurred several times since 1876.
The lake levels have dropped significantly and been restored at least seven times in the past recorded history- 1876, 1900, 1901, 1971, 1988,2004 and present.
Last week visitors to the boiling lake reported that it had drained again.
Scientists at the UWI Seismic Research Centre (SRC) have confirmed that changes in water levels at the boiling Lake are not necessarily related to increased volcanic activity in the area or to geothermal exploration.
However, during these episodes harmful gases, such as carbon dioxide, can be released.
Small steam explosions may also occur.