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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Saturday May 10, 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 shown little change over the last 24 hours.

There were in the region of 100 rockfalls and pyroclastic flow signals in the reporting period. Some of these were triggered by long period earthquakes, altogether there were about 3 dozen such earthquakes.

Views of the dome yesterday and today (Sat) are not possible because of persistant low cloud. However the dome continues to grow and the active face is in the southwest.

No GPS or EDM measurements have been possible over the last 24 hours but some new special long distance binoculars were used successfully.

The alert level remains at AMBER and the Tar River Valley and White River Valley remain extremely dangerous and should not be visited.

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