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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Thursday May 08, 1997
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO.

The current alert level is AMBER

The activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano has changed somewhat towards the end of the 24 hour reporting period. Earlier the similar pattern of rockfalls and small pyroclastic flows into the Tar River Valley and the White River Valley continued with long period earthquakes also occuring.

Overnight, however, there has been a swarm of volcano- tectonic earthquakes something not seen for several months. The VT's as they are better known as were located beneath the crater at depths of about 3 km.

In addition, two regional tectonic events were recorded during the 24 hour period under review.

Poor weather yesterday and this morning (Thursday) restricted views of the dome, however scientists at the MVO are warning that the dome continues to grow on the southern parts.

Although there was heavy rain very early this morning, no major mud flows have as yet been detected but scientists continue to watch this aspect very carefully.

The alert level remains at AMBER and residents are warned to keep well clear of the Tar River and White Valley areas as they are extremely dangerous.

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