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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 6 PM On Wednesday December 11, 1996
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO

The activity remains at a very high level today and the volcano is still in a very dangerous state. There were over 100 volcano-tectonic earthquakes recorded today (Wednesday) and five landslides were recorded by the seismic network. Most of these landslides were from the lower eastern part of the wall.

From the helicopter this afternoon scientists noticed further cracks on Galways Wall and there is now some bulging of the wall.

The EDM measurements from yesterday show that the lines continue to shorten, but the poor visibility today didn't allow any further measurement.

The work on the installation of the TV camera at Galways was completed today and picture signals should reach the observatory by tomorrow.

The alert sirens were tested today, and all were working. The alert remains at ORANGE and this means that there should be no one living in Zones A,B,C, and D.

Residents of Zone E should remember that they are on a heightened state of alert and should continue to listen to ZJB.

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