Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Report
Report for the period 4 pm 5 June
to 7 am 6 June 1997
The current alert level is ORANGE

Yesterday, pyroclastic flows in Tuitt's Ghaut reached to within 150 yards of Bramble village, it is probable that similar activity will occur today and the hot pyroclastic flows and surges are likely to travel even further. The flows move extremely fast and cannot be outrun. The revised no-go area which includes Tuitt's, Bramble village, Bethel, Spanish Point, Farms and Harris is extremely dangerous and the authorities and MVO strongly advise that nobody should go into this area at all. Pyroclastic flows may also enter Mosquito Ghaut and the Tar River and White River valleys are also extremely dangerous. Nobody should enter zones A and B,

The level of activity overnight was relatively low until 3.15am when a period of sustained rockfall and regular small pyroclastic flows began. Activity peaked between 3.30 and 4.30am and is still ongoing although the pyroclastic flows are now generally smaller and of lower intensity. It is very likely that some of the pyroclastic flows have entered the upper parts of Tuitt's Ghaut.

There have been several long-period earthquakes overnight, some of which triggered rockfalls.

The volcano is covered by dense low cloud this morning.

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