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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Thursday March 27, 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 has remained at a low level over the last 24 hours. There have only been a few earthquake events over the length of the reporting period but rockfalls continue.

Yesterday in a brief window of visibility, scientists at the MVO took a sequence helicopter flights over the dome and surrounding areas. It was noticed that there were several areas of cracking and land slips on the Gages Wall. This is thought to have occurred over the last few days and will be watched carefully in the future days.

There is also evidence that English's Crater is being stressed by the growing lava dome and there is also a new spine on the western side of the dome.

Some GPS and EDM measurements were taken yesterday (Weds) and these results will be published shortly.

There has been fresh growth on the summit of the dome which is now large and unstable and collapses are likely to occur. Residents are asked to remain vigilant,

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