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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Friday February 07, 1997
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO.

The current alert level is ORANGE

The seismic activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano continued at a high level over the last 24 hours. There were once again earthquake swarms followed by episodes of volcanic tremor. These were at a very intense level until mid afternoon yesterday (Thursday) and then quietened down a bit.

Cloud conditions over the last 24 hours have been variable but it was possible to inspect the dome yesterday afternoon. Very little changes were noted at the surface of the dome. A dome volume survey was carried out on Thursday, results will be known later.

The largest pyroclastic flow of the last 24 hours happened at about 4 pm Thursday and caused ash to reach 5000 feet, no ash falls were reported in the safe zones.

COSPEC measurements have been taken throughout the last 24 hours and results will be known shortly.

The eastern face of the dome is very steep and likely to collapse soon. This will lead to further pyroclastic flows and ashclouds.

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