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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 6 PM On Thursday 12 December, 1996
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO

Over the last 24 hours the volcano at the Soufriere Hills Volcano has been very quiet with no volcano-tectonic earthquakes at all being recorded. However there were some seven landslides from the Galways Wall which remains very unstable.

During the course of today (Thursday) there was one rockfall off the dome and some flash flooding in Fort Ghaut and Tar River because of this morning's very heavy rainfall.

Today there was very little visibility because of the poor weather, however the seismic signals are showing that the Galways Wall is still crumbling. No EDM measurements were carried out today because of the poor weather.

Dr. Young left island today and for the next few weeks Dr Willie Aspinall will be the head scientist at the MVO.

The alert is still at ORANGE which means that there should be no one living in Zones A,B,C, and D.

Residents are asked to stay alert as the situation could worsen again as the Galways Wall becomes more unstable. Any collapse of the wall could lead to an explosive situation

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