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The Volcanic Explanation
For The 24 Hour Period Ending 7 AM On Friday June 6, 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 is high and has reached a serious stage. Yesterday, pyroclastic flows continued down Tuitt's Ghaut and have now reached 150 yds from Brambles Village.

The flows continued for most of yesterday (Thurs) and again from about 3 am this morning. The flows were relatively slow moving and caused burning of vegetation as they travelled down the ghaut.

Ash production was regular throughout yesterday with the winds blowing the ash to the west, ash fallout was mainly out to sea.

The seismic activity has again been low with very few earhquakes recorded, however long period events started up this morning.

COSPEC measurements were carried out yesterday to check Sulphur Dioxide gas in the atmosphere and some high results obtained. This is usual for when there is pyroclastic flow activity.

Many more areas are now in the "no go" areas of Zones A and B on the risk map and everyone is urged to keep clear of these dangerous areas. The alert level is ORANGE.

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