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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Tuesday May 03, 1997
A Presentation Of The Government Information Services
In Conjunction With The MVO.

The current alert level is ORANGE

There was little change in the level of volcanic activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano over the last 24 hours.

There were some rockfalls and small pyroclastic flows into Tuitt's Ghaut, these have now travelled about 1 km from the dome.

There were very few earthquakes recorded but an increased number of rockfalls have been noted.

There was poor visibility during the recording period but a helicopter flight was possible yesterday afternoon (Monday). Scientists noticed vigorous steaming above Tuitts Ghaut and more material in the ghaut itself.

Some COSPEC measurements were made yesterday and the results will be announced later today.

From early this morning (Tuesday) there has been some ashclouds and ash is falling in the Plymouth areas. The alert level remains at ORANGE.

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