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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Monday February 17, 1997
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO.

The current alert level is ORANGE

Once again the activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano has been very low for the last 24 hours. There was one volcanic tectonic earthquake swarm which lasted from 10 am to 6 pm Sunday and this was followed by a low volcanic tremor lasting from 9 pm (Sunday) to 3 am this morning (Monday).

There were about 20 rockfall signals over the reporting period most of these happening in the night.

This morning the dome is quite visible and observations will begin shortly including a complete dome survey.

The alert level remains at ORANGE but this is currently under review and an announcement may be made later today.

Although activity is much reduced, residents are being urged to keep clear of the Tar River Valley, Long Ground and Upper Galways areas as they are still very dangerous.

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