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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Monday April 07, 1997
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO.

The current alert level is ORANGE

The level of activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano has been quite low for the last 24 hours.

Early yesterday the dome was surveyed due to the excellent visibility. The southern peak of the dome has moved downwards in the last few days towards the Galway's Wall. A large section of the dome has dropped by 20 metres in height and moved about 25 metres to the south. If this movement continues there may be a large collapse sending pyroclastic flows down the White River Valley.

The seismic activity has been quite low over the last 24 hours with very few earthquakes but some rockfall signals. Yesterday (Sunday) the cracks on Chances Peak were measured they continue to shear but they have not widened.

The dome is once again very clear this morning and the northern face is steaming vigorously.

Everyone is asked to remain vigilant and stayed tuned to ZJB Radio for updates on activity.

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