Regarding activity in the Caribbean, I certainly wouldn't want to put anyone off travelling, as disaster could strike anywhere, but it is quite an interesting area. Two years ago, I remember that people in Tobago were concerned about the possibility of a Tsunami there. I found this article, no longer accessible on the web:
The pattern (if there can be one?) looks like a 10 year cycle, but with nothing happening in the last 30 years.RECENT TSUNAMIS OF VOLCANIC ORIGIN IN THE LESSER ANTILLES REGION
In recent times, Soufriere Hills on Montserrat, Kick'em Jenny near Grenada, Soufriere of St. Vincent, and Mt. Pelée on Martinique, are volcanoes in the Lesser Antilles region that have generated local tsunamis by renewed volcanic activity and associated flank failures and landslides (Lander et al 2002). Given the degree of violent volcanic activity and the flank instabilities of stratovolcanoes in the region, it is believed that the occurrences of tsunami waves have been under-reported in historical records, probably because the effects of such sea level disturbances were either localized or were overshadowed by greater catastrophes caused by violent volcanic eruptions The following is a brief overview of some of the reported historical tsunami events. .....
Kick'em Jenny is an active and growing submarine volcano about 8 km off the North side of the island of Grenada, which erupted frequently during the 20th Century (Smithsonian Institution, 1999). There have been several local tsunamis generated by these eruptions. The volcano's first recorded eruption reportedly occurred in 1939, but undoubtedly there were many unreported occurrences before that date. Since 1939 there have been at least ten more eruptions. The better known are those that occurred in 1943, 1953, 1965, 1966, 1972 and 1974. The 1974 eruption was major.
The recent disaster seems to have woken up CDERA as reported in the Jamaica Observer:
Also see CDERA's official press release: http://www.cdera.org Sobering stuff, however really no more likely today than yesterday, and the official report says that "They can therefore occur in the Caribbean however, the probability is low".- Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Caribbean in talks to establish tsunami warning system
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) yesterday said that there was no formal tsunami early warning system in the region, but the agency was in discussions with at least four institutions with the aim of setting up one....
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/htm ... SYSTEM.asp
Should we eat, drink and be merry? We arrive in Tobago tomorrow, and I'm sure that the locals will insist that we do.