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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Saturday May 17, 1997
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO.

The current alert level is AMBER

There was an increase in pyroclastic flow activity from the Soufriere Hills Volcano in the last 24 hours. Most of the flows have been down the Tar River Valley.

Some periods of visiibility were possible yesterday (Friday) and there has been further degredation of the north east face of the dome. There is also a new spine at the top of the dome.

Observers noticed that that there is some glowing from the cracks in the dome and they also heard intermitten roaring sounds thought to be caused by very active steam venting from the dome.

There has been further errosion on the north east of the dome and there are now many blocks of lava piled up against the crater rim between Hermitage and Farrells.

Overnight there were some long period earthquakes but the level of activity overall quietened down a little.

The alert level is AMBER, and no one should visit Zone A of the risk map for any reason as these are dangerous areas.

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