Montserrat Volcano Observatory

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

Following the significant pyroclastic flows in Tuitt's Ghaut which reached to within 150 yards of Bramble village on Thursday, it is probable that similar activity will be repeated in the near future, and possible that the hot pyroclastic flows and surges could 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 could also suddenly enter Mosquito Ghaut and the Tar River and White River valleys, so these areas are extremely dangerous. Nobody should enter zones A and B. The public are reminded that while Bramble Airport remains operational for the time being, it is open only for essential travel purposes - people not travelling should not visit the airport.

Activity was relatively low yesterday afternoon but picked up about 7pm when a period of regular rockfalls and small pyroclastic flows began. This lasted until about 3am. Most of these pyroclastic flows will have entered the upper parts of Tuitt's Ghaut.

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

The volcano is cloudy this morning.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory