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

The seismic activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano has continued and is showing similar signs to what was seen in July 1996. Scientists explained that every 8 hours or so there is a peak in seismic energy which is asociated with rockfall activity.

This is probably due to rapid dome growth and could lead to the possibility of pyroclastic flows caused by dome collapse. These are expected to be confined to the Tar River Valley.

The Galways Wall however, remains unstable and could collapse at any time if there are further rockfalls from this area.

The heavy rain today appeared as flash flood signals on the seismic network and there were once again lots of very muddy water flowing down Fort Ghaut.

Visibility was very poor for most of the day due to heavy cloud cover, but a few helicopter flights took place.

The alert level remains at ORANGE which means that all residents of Zones A,B,C, and D should be relocated. Scientists are still very concerned about the level of activity and are warning that no one should visit the unsafe zones over the holiday period, as they are very dangerous.

Merry Christmas to all on the Evergreen Network and thanks to GEM for providing the service.

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