The level of activity overnight has been low. One strong volcano-tectonic earthquake was recorded at 3:35 am but, otherwise, the seismic records have been dominated by small to moderate rockfall signals. Late evening views of the dome last night from the helicopter and from O'Garra's showed that the dome is glowing markedly in several areas, the most active face being the south of the January dome to the north of Galway's Soufriere. The pre-September dome material directly above Galway's Wall is also glowing.
The volcano is partially clear this morning, and views of the crater may be possible later.
The volcano remains active and potentially dangerous, and the lava dome is currently larger than ever before and continues to grow. Pyroclastic flows are likely from several unstable areas on the eastern and south-eastern face, and from above the Galway's Wall. Explosive activity similar to the September 17 event, and possibly larger, is still a distinct possibility. Only essential visits should be made to zone C and people should remain alert, listen to Radio Montserrat and be ready to leave at short notice. Wear an ash mask if there is ash in the air.