Montserrat Today for Mon/Tues/Weds March 16/17/18th 1998.
A newsletter normally published three times weekly for E mail subscribers by the Emergency Dept, Governor's Office.
THE VOLCANIC EXPLANATION:
The activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano continues to be at a low level. There have been a few hybrid earthquake and small rockfall signals.
The current quiet period is allowing MVO scientists to carry out routine maintenance of its monitoring equipment on the flanks of the volcano.
At the time of writing (Wednesday morning) the dome is covered in cloud, the last time it was visible its height was estimated at 1011 metres above sea level.
FUNDS HANDED OVER TO ST AUGUSTINE'S SCHOOL:
At a brief ceremony on Monday morning at St Augustine's School, H.E. The Governor Mr Tony Abbott OBE, handed over to the school a cheque for US$50,000 on behalf of Sir George Martin.
The money, taken from the proceeds of the "Music for Montserrat" concert organised by Sir George in London late last year, is intended as a contribution towards improving the facilities of the school.
Sir George Martin is the owner of Air Studios which operated in Montserrat up to Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
PUBLIC NOTICE FROM BROWN & ROOT LTD:
The British Company Brown & Root Ltd currently working in Montserrat on the Emergency Housing Project has issued the following public notice:
"In order to maintain an equitable system for contracting works, services and supplies for future projects on Montserrat, all qualified parties are invited to register their interest in the following fields:-
Written expressions of interest can be faxed to Brown & Root Ltd at 664 491 6276 by March 27th and addressed for the attention of John Richardson. Only organisations that register can be guaranteed notice of future tenders."
ANTIGUA FOOD VOUCHER DISTRIBUTION:
The Antigua and Barbuda Branch of the Red Cross has announced that its next food voucher distribution for registered relocated residents of Montserrat in Antigua will take place on Wednesday March 25th at Red Cross headquarters. This distribution will be number 7 of 10. Over 1000 persons recieved vouchers at the last distribution.
The Emergency Department has announced that there are currently 518 persons in shelters in Montserrat.
ST PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATIONS:
Yesterday (St Patrick's Day) was a public holiday in Montserrat. The celebrations were much more subdued than normal as people remembered the loss of St Patrick's Village last December due to pyroclastic flows. Remaining residents enjoyed the St Patrick's Day Run, several hikes and beach picnics.
More information later in the week..........................
Published by the Education & Information Unit, Emergency Dept St John's Village, Montserrat, Leeward Islands, West Indies. Tel: 664 491 7166 Fax: 664 491 2474 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Richard Aspin, Unit Co-ordinator.