Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Report
Report for the period 4 pm 18 June
to 7 am 19 June 1997
The current alert level is ORANGE

The level of volcanic activity has been relatively low since yesterday afternoon but activity started to increase at about 6.45am this morning. Regular rockfalls and small pyroclastic flows were observed last night and early this morning in Mosquito Ghaut and the Tar River valley. Several rockfalls have also occurred in Tuitt's Ghaut.

The cloud level is low this morning.

Further pyroclastic flows and surges could travel into Gages valley, Mosquito Ghaut, Tuitt's Ghaut or the Tar River valley at any time. The authorities and MVO advise that access to Plymouth is restricted for the time being. Zones A and B, which include Tuitt's, Bramble, Bethel, Spanish Point, Farms, Harris and Trants, are extremely dangerous and nobody should go into this area at all.

Bramble Airport remains operational, but the public are reminded that it is open only for essential travel purposes.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory