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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Friday February 21, 1997
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO.

The current alert level is AMBER

Activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano increased slightly in the last 24 hours. There were several swarms of earth- quakes containing both volcanic - tectonic and hybrid events. It must be noted that these earthquakes are not felt by humans but recorded on seismic instruments.

In addition there were about 15 rockfall signals which produced some small ashclouds which drifted westwards, leading to small ashfalls.

The visibility is good this morning and further inspections of the dome will be carried out later. Currently it is the largest it has ever been at about 40 million cubic metres.

People entering all unsafe zones are being urged to have a rapid means of exit, transistor radios tuned to ZJB for updates and wear dust masks when cleaning or when it is ashing.

The alert level is AMBER and daytime access is allowed in all but Zone A. There is no night time access to Zones A, B, and C as these are under curfew.

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