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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Saturday February 22, 1997
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO.

The current alert level is AMBER

The level of activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano over the last 24 hours shows little change.

There has been a continuation of the earthquake swarms which as usual were too small to be felt.

Visibility was possible part of yesterday and from the helicopter it was seen that the dome has undergone some changes in the last few days. Some deep gullies have developed in the eastern face and some new debris is on the north east side of the dome.

The cracks being measured on Galways Wall near to Chances Peak have widened a little which shows deformation of the wall continues.

Yesterday (Friday) there were a few very small pyroclastic flows around lunchtime but there was very little activity overnight. This morning (Sat) there is poor visibility due to overnight rain.

The alert remains at AMBER.

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