Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Report
Report for the period 4 pm 7 June
to 7 am 8 June 1997
The current alert level is ORANGE

Pyroclastic flow activity was moderate yesterday afternoon, with pyroclastic flows over a wide sector of the dome from the south-east to the northern flanks. These flows travelled to about 1 km distance in Tar River valley and Tuitt's Ghaut.

Overnight the volcano has been quieter, although as usual during the periods of lower activity there have been several pyroclastic flows. These flows occur at random, and it is possible that any flow will be large enough to travel further down Tuitt's Ghaut.

The volcano is cloudy this morning. The MVO observer at the airport reports that the cloud is low on that side of the volcano, and so the dome or the top of Tuitt's Ghaut cannot be seen.

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 zones A and B, which include Tuitt's, Bramble village, Bethel, Spanish Point, Farms, Harris and Trants, are extremely dangerous and the authorities and MVO strongly advise that nobody should go into this area at all. 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.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory