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

The current alert level is AMBER

Over the last 24 hours the activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano has been similar to that over the past few days.Early in the reporting period the earthquake swarms were continuing but these stopped overnight.

Overall there have been about 20 rockfall signals in this reporting period. Visibility was fair late yesterday afternoon (Sunday) and it was noticed that there are two large blocks on top of the active south eastern face of the dome. One of these blocks measuring about 40 metres high is very unstable and likely to collapse shortly.

Once again there have been no ash falls reported in the last 24 hours however the analysis of previous ash falls continues and yesterday water and ash samples were collected from sites around Plymouth. These samples are usually sent to England for testing.

The volcano remains very active and dangerous and the dome is now larger than ever before. Ash levels in the Plymouth area are hazardous and anyone entering unsafe zones should have masks and a rapid means of exit.

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