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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Tuesday February 18, 1997
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO.

The current alert level is AMBER

Because of the ongoing low level of activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano, the volcanic risk map has been revised and the alert level dropped to AMBER.

From this morning residents will have day time access to all zones except Zone A which is still considered extremely dangerous. However from 6 pm to 6 am the curfew remains in place for Zones A, B, and C. Police check points during the day are now at Tuitts Corner in the east and at the junction of the St Patrick's main road and the road up to Trials in the south. At night the check points will be at the corner of Lover's Lane, St Georges Hill and at Trants Bridge.

Throughout the last 24 hours the activity was very low with the usual swarms of volcanic-tectonic earthquakes (VT's) and late in the day yesterday (Monday) there was some volcanic tremor leading to pyroclastic flows. This resulted in ash fall in the Plymouth area.

Overnight and early into this morning (Tuesday) there have been some rockfalls and as we write there is an ongoing VT swarm.

Visibility is poor this morning because of heavy overnight rain.

Everyone entering the Zones B and C are asked to have dust masks, radios to tune into ZJB for updates and a rapid means of exit. They are being urged to keep their visits as short as possible.

A reminder once again the alert level is now AMBER.

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