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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Monday February 10, 1997
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO.

The current alert level is ORANGE

For the last 24 hours the level of activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano has been quite low.

There have been three periods of volcano-tectonic and hybrid earthquakes but no tremors. In addition there has been some rockfall signals and a few small pyroclastic flows. These caused a few ash clouds over the Plymouth area.

Yesterday (Sunday) a gravity survey was carried out around St Georges Hill, results are not yet available.

This morning the visibility has been poor so no observations have been possible so far however scientists feel that the eastern side of the dome is very steep and unstable and likely to collapse.

This could cause further pyroclastic flows and resultant ash falls so residents are being urged to carry their dust masks at all times.

Residents are being warned to keep clear of the evacuated areas of Long Ground, Tar River Valley and Upper Galways as these are very dangerous.

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