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

The current alert level is ORANGE

The volcano was quieter for most of yesterday (Saturday) with elevated activity beginning at 4 PM. Small pyroclastic flows occurred with activity over a large part of the dome from the south-east to the north face above Mosquito Ghaut. The north-east face was the most active with rockfalls and small pyroclastic flows running into Tar River Valley.

The volcano was visible yesterday afternoon with good views of the dome and the pyroclastic flows from the airport, Harris and Farrells. Some rockfalls extended about 200 metres from the crater rim into the top of Mosquito Ghaut.

The northern face of the some is smooth and the Channel above Tuitt's Ghaut is no longer visible. The channel that was formed by Thursdays pyroclastic flows appears to have been filled in by the rockfalls.

COSPEC runs were made today between Corkhill and St. Patricks. The results will be reported tomorrow.

It is possible that significant pyroclastic flows could occur without warning in Tuitt's Ghaut and travel even further. No one should enter Zones A and B which now include Tuitt's, Bramble Village, Bethel, Spanish Pointe, Farms, Harris and Trants they are extremely dangerous. Bramble airport is open for travel purpose and people not traveling should not visit the airport.

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