Montserrat Today

For Friday November 21, 1997
Presented by the Information and Education Unit
of Montserrat's Emergency Department


Seismicity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano has been dominated over the last 24 hours by rockfall signals and low amplitude hybrid earthquakes.

Yesterday afternoon there was a period of vigorous ash venting which caused an ash plume of 3000 feet high. However most of this was blown out to sea and the ash levels in the central and northern zones are extremely low at the moment.

The dome is still growing mainly in the south west sector of the volcano, pyroclastic flows could occur at any time.


All residents of Montserrat are invited to Brades School playing fields tomorrow at 11.30 am to see HRH the Duke of York (Prince Andrew).

HRH will tour the school and then be given the opportunity to meet people assembled there. School buses have been arranged to carry people to Brades, they will leave Salem campus of MSS and St. John's at 11 am.


At the Heliport at Gerald's several improvements are underway. A hard surface has been provided for the helicopters to touch down on, high voltage cables in the vicinity have been buried underground and now there are planned improvements for air traffic control.

An Air Traffic Control Cab used in Dominica after past hurricanes is being donated for use in Montserrat and is currently being shipped to the island.


The factory shell at Brades is almost completed and ready for occupation. The 15,000 square feet factory will eventually host several business places and currently a list of possible users is being put together by the Development Unit.


Residents allocated houses at the Davey Hill Housing Project will have their keys handed over to them this afternoon. An impressive opening ceremony was held this afternoon attended by the Minister of Housing, Hon Austin Bramble and the Chief Minister Hon David S. Brandt.

Fifty houses have been constructed on the site by Brown and Roots.

More information on Monday..................................

Presented by the Information & Education Unit, Emergency Dept
St Johns Village, Montserrat, Leeward Islands, West Indies.
Tel 664 491 7166, Fax 664 491 2474, E Mail:
Richard Aspin, Unit Co-ordinator.