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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Sunday March 06, 1997
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO.

The current alert level is ORANGE

The activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano has been at a low level over the past 24 hours. There have been a few earthquake and rockfall signals and some small pyroclastic flow activity.

There was also some low amplitude tremor on the Gages seimometer and in addition there was a distant earthquake measured by the seismometers at the MVO.

The COSPEC measurements taken earlier in the weekend showed amounts of 537 tonnes per day which is a big increase on the previous reading but still well below the WHO's recommended maximum level.

The top of the dome is very clear this morning and it is steaming vigorously from the northern face of the dome. Very early this morning (Sunday) two rockfall signals were recorded from this area.

The dome is still large and unstable and pyroclastic flows could occur at any time, for this reason residents are being asked to remain vigilant.

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