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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 6 PM On Monday December 23, 1996
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO.

The Oct 1st dome (dome # 2) continues to grow at the Soufriere Hills Volcano and there were nearly 40 rockfall signals recorded during today (Monday).

These rockfalls triggered some small pyroclastic flows in the Tar River Valley area and a little ash which was blown westwards by prevailing winds.

There was heavy rain today and this caused mud flows in Fort Ghaut and in the White River. Although visibility was bad today it is thought that there was some serious staeming as there was a lot of noise close to English's Crater. Later in the evening an inspection was made by helisopter of the Galways Wall to see if the rain had caused avalanches.

Seismic activity was high today with over 100 hybrid earthquakes this is usually associated with rapid dome growth.

The activity remains high and is giving cause to serious concern amongst scientists. For this reason the alert level remains at ORANGE which means that Zones A,B,C, and D on the December risk map should be relocated.

Today water and gas samples were taken as part of the environmental monitoring of the volcano.

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